Monday, October 3, 2022

Music History Today: October 4, 2022

October 4, 1970: At 27 years old, Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous US Number 1 album, "Pearl," in 1971.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
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October 4, 1969: Oliver peaked at Number 2 on the US music chart with "Jean."
Written by the poet Rod McKuen, "Jean" was the theme song to the motion picture The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Along with "Good Morning Starshine," it briefly put Oliver at the top of the business. His singing career trailed off, and he eventually left the entertainment industry.  
Read more: Songfacts

October 4, 1980: Diana Ross entered Billboard Top 40 with "I'm Coming Out." 
Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who wrote and produced "I'm Coming Out," were the leaders of the '70s disco band Chic.

Diana Ross 1980
Diana Ross
Rodgers got the idea for "I'm Coming Out" in New York City gay club, where he saw three men who looked like Ross. "Coming Out" means coming out of the closet and being openly gay. 
Read more: Songfacts


October 4, 1986: Their second week on Billboard's Hot 100, Boston's "Amanda" broke into the top 40 section.
"Amanda" was the first single Boston released after a seven-year layoff. Remarkably, it was the only #1 hit for the band, whose songs "Don't Look Back" and "More Than A Feeling" got constant airplay. 
Read more: Songfacts


October 4, 2012: Miley Cyrus released The Backyard Sessions video of a cover of Melanie Safka's "What Have They Done to My Song Ma" on YouTube.

Janis Joplin
A Woman Left Lonely

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