Today in Music History: Janis Joplin's Posthumous Number One

Janis Joplin Pearl
Janis Joplin's Pearl contains her only No. 1 hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." (Columbia / Janis Joplin)

History Highlight:

Today in 1971, a Janis Joplin recording started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee". Joplin died the year before on 4th October aged 27.

Also, Today In:

1961 - Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "Surrender," his fifth No.1 of the 60's.

1965 - The first Motown tour of the U.K. arrived, with Martha & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes and the Temptations.

1969 - John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace.

1977 - Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image. Wha?

1977 - T Rex played their final ever gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.

Birthdays:

Carl Palmer, drummer for Emerson, Lake and Palmer (and let's not forget Asia), is 64 today.