by Robert Wilkinson
I got lost yesterday in other work and so forgot that January 19 is the birthday of 4 greats across entirely different musical styles. So I pulled some really great performance videos together for your enjoyment.
Phil Everly (January 19, 1939) is half of the Everly Brothers, THE prototypical tight high harmony vocal duo. They took infinitely catchy country and rock tunes, put their style on it, and produced some truly awesome and beautiful music. Their music was some of the first to feature “parallel third” harmonies, where each is a lead, and together the weave a sound unlike normal harmonies. They influenced the Beatles, Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel (and yours truly back when I was performing.)
From the late 50s and early 60s, the Everly Brothers!Here’s one that is one of their earliest performances on tape when Don was 20 and Phil was 18! Tight from the beginning!!
From 1961 on television, the Everlys performing two of their biggest, one amazingly beautiful and one with an attitude!
From 1964, singing the exquisite “Let It Be Me”
From 1964, they rock out! “Gone Gone Gone”
From the Tennessee Ernie Ford show, “Walk Right Back”
From a newer era, one of their originals done to perfection!“Crying in The Rain”
From a 1983 tv special, several of their best done to perfection!
For a finale to this short set, here they are doing Paul McCartney’s very beautiful song “Wings of A Nightingale”
On to Robert Palmer, an icon of “blue eyed Soul.” Robert Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003) had an amazingly distinctive voice and mixed musical styles, combining soul, rock, pop, blues and jazz. He died way too young from a heart attack brought on by smoking. Here are a few of his biggest!
From his time fronting Power Station, here’s a 1988 concert with Robert and Power Station performing “Some Like It Hot”
From 1979, a very young Robert in a groove! "Bad Case of Lovin’ You (Doctor Doctor)"
From Danish TV in 1995, Robert Palmer in a live performance of “Addicted To Love”
From his VH1 performance, here’s Robert live belting out his smash hit “Simply Irresistible”
Here’s the original music video! Quite mythical, quite atypical, simply irresistible! "Simply Irresistible”
Dewey Bunnell (January 19, 1952) was one of the three singer-songwriters who came together as America, major soft rock hitmakers in the 70s. Dewey wrote some of their biggest! Today for his birthday, here are some of the better-known tunes composed by our birthday talent, all done live with the original band!
And now we turn to the divine Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970). A blues belter in the tradition of Big Mama Thornton, she was a hard-living, hard drinking Texas woman who found her way to California and made history. She was one of the big Three who died all at age 27 around the same time in history: Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were the other two.
I was entranced by her voice from the beginning, and saw her in Austin in early 1970. By then her voice was shot, and it was easy to see she was beginning a death spiral. Oh well. Flaming stars burn out quickly. For your enjoyment, the powerful blues voice of Janis Joplin!!
First, live from the legendary Monterrey Pop Festival kicking off the 1967 Summer of Love, Janis and Big Brother doing the rave up from their first album “Combination of the Two”
Here’s a live performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company doing her first big hit "Piece of My Heart”
An awesome live performance of one of her signature tunes, the powerful “Ball and Chain”
From the Summer of 1969, here’s all 10+ minutes of “Janis Joplin at Woodstock”
In all likelihood this live performance is from 1970. “Maybe”
Live from Threadgill’s in Austin, 1970! “Me and Bobby McGee”
From 1970, a live audio-only a cappella version of "Mercedes Benz”
Happy Birthday to the two who are living, and happy RIP birthday to the deceased. Thanks for the memories and tunes!
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson