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5th April 1969: Rock singer Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)
Janis Joplin - Photo by Evening Standard

Apr 21st

1969 - Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London. The opening act that night was Yes. Joplin was well known for her performing abilities and her fans referred to her stage presence as electric.

1970Elton John performs his debut solo gig as a support act in London, launching his career and a whole new market for over-the-top sunglasses.

1984 - Phil Collins started a run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1 and lasted 3 weeks.  Originally titled “How Can You Just Sit There?”, the song was initially from the sessions for Collins’ debut solo album Face Value, and it was one of about a dozen written for his first wife, who had left him.

2008Al Wilson dies of kidney failure at the age of 68. Wilson, an American soul singer and songwriter had a number of US hits. A favorite here at NJ101.5, ‘Show and Tell’ peaked in 1974.

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