Sunday, 20 May 2012

Janis Joplin and Bessie Smith

Phil writes: A contestant on 'The Voice' was told by Tom Jones that she reminded him of Janis Joplin. She later admitted that she hadn't heard of Janis. But she's only 17 so has some excuse. For anyone else who hasn't heard of her  -  and there will be such people out there  -  here she is. First, the amazing song she really made her own:

She could perform lesser material equally successfully, making it memorable:

Janis herself was compared, undertandably, with the legendary Bessie Smith. So here's Bessie:

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