Wednesday 13 April 2016

Little Girl Blue

There was a rather good documentary about Janis Joplin on a few weeks back on BBC4 which I'm glad didn't labour the doomed, tortured artist angle but portrayed Joplin as a funny,  talented and thoughtful individual who was probably about five to ten year ahead of her time, I was really surprised by the snippets of interview with Dick Cavett as I had always thought of him as a kind of "square", establishment chat show host, granted this opinion was formed only on a few sections of interview I had seen previously of Cavett interviewing not just Joplin but also Jimi Hendrix. It turns out that he was champion for their style of music and may have had an on/off thing with Janis. Anyway, the programme is well worth seeking out, if you haven't already. Here is the track from which the documentary takes it's title. Little Girl Blue, a stunning interpretation of the Rogers and Hart staple first sung in the Broadway musical Jumbo by Gloria Grafton in 1935, Janis's version comes from her first album "I Got Dem Ol Kosmic Blues Again Mama!"

Janis Joplin - Little Girl Blue

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