On August 8th, 1970,Janis Joplin, the original “Queen of Rock and Roll”, purchased a tombstone for Bessie Smith, some thirty-three years after the blues singer’s death. The psychedelic, blues rock and soul singer, who started out as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company before venturing out to find fame on her own, listened to the likes of Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Lead Belly as a teenager, but above all found particular inspiration in Bessie Smith’s music. Smith was an immensely popular blues and jazz singer throughout the 20’s and into the early 30’s, and earned herself the title of…
The Allman Brothers Band hit a high note in August of 1973 with the release of what would be the band’s most successful album to date,Brothers and Sisters. The group’s fifth record, and first to be recorded entirely after the death of lead guitarist Duane Allman, saw the Southern rockers under the leadership of Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman. Betts, now the only remaining guitarist, made insurmountable contributions to…
The original Hoochie Coochie Man, Muddy Waters poses alongside Texas blues iconJohnny Winter, as the two are sandwiched between none other than The Blues Brothers,John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
Brother Dege brings his modern mixture of Delta blues, folk, and rock to DAEL’s indieATL Sessions in 2010 with the sizzling slide guitar-driven“Too Old To Die Young”.
Blues rock guitarist extraordinaire Eric Gales shreds through his original jam “Make It There” in late 2012.
Ah pop culture… Here at Tribut we just can’t get enough of it. So we’re back with your weekly dose of pop culture history. Today we’re taking a look at all the pop-culture happenings during the week of August 7 through August 13.