21 April 1969

21 April 1969 - 19:30

Janis Joplin

Paul Dion

Unforgettable experience

I do not know when I first went to the Albert Hall - it was probably a proms concert around 1965 - 1967, but I do recall what I still think of as the best concert I ever attended. It was, as my title says, on the 21st of April, 1969, when Janis Joplin made her only solo British performance. At one point she said something like "I don't want to cause trouble, but this next song is great for dancing". To the horror of all the staff, every member of the audience go to their feet, and I, with many near me, go up from my seat in the stalls, leapt over the barrier into the arena, and danced madly. I hope never to forget the experience; it was breathtaking. Here is the set list from that night: Raise Your Hand Eddie Floyd, Me Hothouse Flowers, Maybe The Chantels, Summertime George Gershwin, I Can’t Turn You Loose Otis Redding, Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) Lorraine Ellison, Combination of the Two Big Brother and The Holding Company, Piece of My Heart Erma Franklin, Work Me, Lord, Walk Right In, Ball ‘n’ Chain Big Mama Thornton. If that is a style of music that you enjoy, I strongly recommend that you listen to the recording of that evening.

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