Today In Pop Music: October 4 – Janis Joplin Overdose


1929 – Leroy Van Dyke (‘The Auctioneer’, ‘Walk On By’)

1944 – Marlena Davis (The Orlons – ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don’t Hang Up’, ‘South Street’ – died         in 1993 – lung cancer)

1947 – Jim Fielder (Blood Sweat and tears – bass)

1957 – Barbara Kooyman (Timbuck 3 – ‘The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades)

1959 – Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys ‘West End Girls’)


1961 – Bob Dylan played a showcase at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  The audience consisted of only 53 people.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival began a four week run atop the Billboard album chart with ‘Green River.  It was the first of two chart topping albums for the group who never had a #1 single.

1978 – Country queen Tammy Wynette was abducted, beaten, and held in her car for two hours by a kidnapper who wore a ski mask. forcing her to drive 90 miles outside of her her home in Nashville, she was later released and the kidnapper escaped.  He was never found.

1980 – Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ started a three week run atop the the Billboard Hot 100, their second and last #1 hit.

2005 – Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins died in his sleep.  The group was best know for the ‘Come and Get It’, ‘No Matter What’, Day After Day’, and most recently ‘Baby Blue’ which was used as background music in the final scene of the tv series ‘Breaking Bad’.

2007 – The Rolling Stones set a new record for the largest grossing tour of all time when their ‘Bigger Bang tour brought in over $437 million.  During the nearly two year tour, the group played 113 shows to an audience of over 3.5 million.

1970 – Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood, California of an accidental heroin overdose.  She was just 27 years old.  In 1971 her last album ‘Pearl’ was released, and produced her only #1 hit ‘Me And Bobby McGee’.

On August 3, 1970, she made her television appearance on  The Dick Cavett Show.


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