Janis Joplin electrified an audience at the Royal Albert Hall on April 21, 1969

April 21, 2018

Janis Joplin made her first London appearance

at The Royal Albert Hall, London

on April 21st in 1969

Singing soul and rhythm and blues covers

as well as her own song Work Me, Lord

Janis dispelled English reserve

rousing the crowd to their feet for the entirety of her hour long set

and leaving what would be her only headline solo concert in England

Set List

 

~ Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)

~ Me

~ Maybe (The Chantels cover)

~ Summertime (George Gershwin cover)

~ I Can't Turn You Loose (Otis Redding cover)

~ Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)

   (Chip Taylor cover)

~ Combination of the Two

   (Big Brother & the Holding Company song)

~ Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)

~ Work Me, Lord

~ Walk Right In (Cannon's Jug Stompers cover)

~ Ball 'n' Chain (Big Mama Thornton cover)

‘Janis Joplin made her first appearance in London, at the Albert Hall and the result was one of the most electrifying “happenings” since the first great international poetry reading in the same hall in June 1965. 
Forget all you may have read or heard… Here in fact was the comfortingly embodied voice of love, pain, yearning, freedom and ecstatic experience, a fire that speaks from the heart of warm, rounded flesh.’

The Telegraph

 ‘…she virtually turned the Albert Hall into a discotheque 

with her invitation to dance.’
Evening Standard

 ‘… her hour of belting, grinding vocalizing against her soul-slanted backing group had created enough excitement and emotion to make the audience forget their inhibitions…

They responded by dancing in the aisles, the boxes, and on the stage.’

New Musical Express

 

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