Monday, June 1, 2009

Song Of The Day- Janis Joplin

This video comes from the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival. There is much debate as to which performance was bigger for the artist, Janis Joplin's or Jimi Hendrix's. Both launched themselves to American fame as it was their first big American gig. The same goes for The Who and Otis Redding.

The camera crews actually weren't filming when Joplin first performed so they made her and the group she was then still a part of, Big Brother and The Holding Company play again with the cameras rolling.

One of the coolest moments is towards the end when they show Cass Elliot (of The Mamas and The Papas) clearly impressed and she says, "Wow! That's really heavy!"

This song is Big Mama Thornton's "Ball and Chain". Janis really owns it though. And to think she was seen swigging bourbon prior to this...and that was a standard

Also, just in case you were wondering what the bill was like this day:

Ravi Shankar
The Blues Project
Big Brother and the Holding Company
The Group With No Name
Buffalo Springfield
The Who
Grateful Dead
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Scott McKenzie
The Mamas & the Papas

-of note, The Who's Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix both refused to go on after the other (a sign of much respect presumably) so the order they played in was determined by a coin flip. Then they said, "Oh let's put the Dead on in between to be safe." WOW!

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