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On March 25, 2008.

On March 25, 2008, at “Half Note” label released “The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer”, first album released by joint leadership of Roseanna Vitro and Kenny Werner. It was recorded in August 2007, at “Blue Note” in New York City, and was produced by Jeffrey Levenson.


  • Roseanna Vitro– vocals, arrangements
  • Kenny Werner– keyboards, arrangements
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • James Carter– tenor saxophone
  • Ray Anderson– trombone
  • Geoff Countryman– baritone saxophone
  • Adam Rogers– guitar
  • John Pattitucci– acoustic and electric bass
  • Rocky Bryant – drums

Track listing:

  1. What Is Hip? – Emilio Castillo, John David Garibaldi, Stephen M. Kupka
  2. Goodnight Nelda Grebe, the Telephone Company Has Cut Us Off – Tracy Nelson
  3. Blue – Gildo Mahones, Jon Hendricks
  4. Be Cool – Joni Mitchell
  5. Half Moon – Janis Joplin
  6. In the Dark – Lillian “Lil” Green
  7. Cheater Man – Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn
  8. Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy – Mose Allison
  9. Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down – Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur

On January 25, 1996.

On January 25, 1996, Albert Bernard Grossman died aged 58. He was entrepreneur and manager, best known as manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Todd Rundgren, Odetta, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia. In 1969 he built the “Bearsville Recording Studio” near Woodstock, and in 1970 he founded “Bearsville Records”.

In October 1970.

In October 1970, “Columbia” label released “Be a Brother”, the third Big Brother and the Holding Company studio album, the first one after Janis Joplin’s departure. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Nick Gravenites.


  • Nick Gravenites- lead and backing vocals
  • Sam Andrew- guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • David Schallock – guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Albin – guitar
  • James Gurley- bass, guitar
  • David Getz – drums, piano

Track listing:

  1. Keep On – Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, David Getz, James Gurley, David Schallock
  2. Joseph’s Coat – Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina
  3. Home on the Strange – Peter Albin, Sam Andrew
  4. Someday – Sam Andrew
  5. Heartache People – Nick Gravenites
  6. Sunshine Baby – Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, David Getz, James Gurley, David Shallock
  7. Natural – Sam Andrew
  8. Funkie Jim – Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, David Getz, James Gurley, David Shallock, Nick Gravenites
  9. I’ll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle – Nick Gravenites
  10. Be a Brother – Nick Gravenites

In August 1967.

In August 1967, “Mainstream” label released “Big Brother & the Holding Company”, the debut Big Brother and the Holding Company album. It was recorded in December 1966, and was produced by Bob Shad.


  • Janis Joplin- vocals
  • Peter Albin – bass guitar
  • Sam Andrew- guitar, vocals
  • David Getz – drums
  • James Gurley- guitar, vocals

Track listing:

  1. Bye, Bye Baby – Powell St. John
  2. Easy Rider – James Gurley
  3. Intruder – Janis Joplin
  4. Light is Faster Than Sound – Peter Albin
  5. Call On Me – Sam Andrew
  6. Women is Losers – Janis Joplin
  7. Blindman – Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin
  8. Down on Me – traditional, arr, by Janis Joplin
  9. Caterpillar – Peter Albin
  10. All is Loneliness – Moondog

On March 24, 2010.

On March 24, 2010, James Joseph Marshall died aged 74. He was a photographer, best known for his photographs of famous rock musicians, including The Beatles (final paid live concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park), Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Who, Guns N’ Roses and Santana. He was also the chief photographer at Woodstock.

On March 16, 2017.

On March 16, 2017, James Henry Cotton died aged 81. Being blues  harmonica  player, singer and songwriter, he had successful solo career, recording albums under his own name, and recording and performing with number of great blues and rock musicians including Gregg Allman, William “Billy Boy” Arnold, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Butterfield, Grateful Dead, Pat Hare, Howlin’ Wolf, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Freddie King, Alexis Korner, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Keith Richards, Todd Rundgren, Santana, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Otis Spann, Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Johnny Winter.

On April 21, 2003.

Nina Simone

On April 21, 2003, Eunice Kathleen Waymon aka Nina Simone, died aged 70. She was singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. In her career, Simone has recorded more than forty albums. Many famous musicians have cited Simone as their influence, among the others: Aretha Franklin, Adele, David Bowie, Antony and the Johnsons, Dianne Reeves , Sade , Beyoncé,  Janis Joplin , Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison, Elkie Brooks, Lena Horne, Bono, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Alicia Keys and Lana Del Rey. John Lennon cited Simone’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” as a inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Michelle”.

For her work, Simone received various awards including:

  • In 2000, “Grammy Hall of Fame Award”for her interpretation of “I Love You, Porgy”
  • Honorary degrees in music and humanities, from the “University of Massachusetts Amherst” and “Malcolm X College”
  • Honorary degree by the “Curtis Institute of Music”
  • In 2002, city of Nijmegen, in Netherlands, named a street the “Nina Simone straat
  • In 2009, Simone was inducted into the “North Carolina Music Hall of Fame”
  • In 2010, her home town Tryon, in North Carolina, placed her statue in the “Trade Street”


On January 11, 1971.


On January 11, 1971, “Columbia” label released “Pearl”, the second and final Janis Joplin solo studio album. It was recorded September – October, 1970, and was produced by Paul A. Rothchild. This was the only Janis Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band. The album was certified 4 x Platinum in US by the “RIAA”.


  • Janis Joplin – vocals, guitar
  • Richard Bell – piano
  • Ken Pearson –organ
  • John Till– electric guitar
  • Brad Campbell –bass guitar
  • Clark Pierson –drums
  • Bobby Womack– acoustic guitar
  • Bobbye Hall– conga, percussion
  • Phil Badella, John Cooke, Vince Mitchell –backing vocals
  • Sandra Crouch –tambourine
  • Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes – photography, design for Camouflage Productions

Track listing:

  1. Move Over – Janis Joplin
  2. Cry Baby – Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns
  3. A Woman Left Lonely – Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham
  4. Half Moon – John Hall, Johanna Hall
  5. Buried Alive in the Blues – Nick Graventies
  6. My Baby – Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman
  7. Me and Bobby McGee – Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster
  8. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin, Bob Neuwirth, Michael McClure
  9. Trust Me – Bobby Womack
  10. Get It While You Can – Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman

On November 1, 1972.


On November 1, 1972, “Polydor” released “Slayed?”, the third Slade album. It was recorded in 1972, and was produced by Chas Chandler. In 1974 “Record and Radio Mirror” poll results, “Slayed?” peaked at  number 4 on the top ten list of “Best British Albums”.


  • Noddy Holder- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Hill- lead guitar
  • Jim Lea- bass guitar, piano
  • Don Powell- drums
  • Gered Mankowitz– cover photography
  • Chris Charlesworth- liner notes

Track listing:

  • How D’You Ride – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazee – Noddy Holder
  • Look at Last Nite – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • I Won’t Let It ‘Appen Agen – Jim Lea
  • Move Over – Janis Joplin
  • Gudbuy T’Jane – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • Gudbuy Gudbuy – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • Mama Weer All Crazee Now – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • I Don’ Mind – Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  • Let the Good Times Roll/ Feel So Fine – Leonard Lee


On August 12, 1968.


On August 12, 1968, “Columbia” label released “Cheap Thrills”, the second Big Brother and the Holding Company studio album (first one with Janis Joplin as lead singer). It was recorded March-May 1968 and was produced by John Simon, who incorporated recordings of crowd noise to give the impression of a live album, but only the last song, band’s cover of “Ball and Chain”, had been recorded live at “The Fillmore” in San Francisco.  “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Cheap Thrills” at number 338 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Janis Joplin– vocals
  • Sam Andrew– lead guitar, bass, vocals
  • James Gurley– guitar
  • Peter Albin – bass, guitar
  • Dave Getz – drums

Track listing:

  1. Combination of the Two – Sam Andrew
  2. I need a Man to Love – Sam Andrew, Janis Joplin
  3. Summertime – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
  4. Piece of My Heart – Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovy
  5. Turtle Blues – Janis Joplin
  6. Oh, Sweet Mary – Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, David Getz, James Gurley, Janis Joplin
  7. Ball and Chain – Big Mama Thorton