“An old salt’s sleepin’ his watch away …”

Happy 75th to Leslie West …

Leslie got started in his teens with a garage band called The Vagrants. The band recorded some music in the late 60’s and during those sessions, met an engineer by the name of Felix Pappalardi. Later, West and Pappalardi would form Mountain — the band many rock historians consider the originators of the “metal” genre.

And the world is eerily quiet 

October 4, 1970 ~

Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.

Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band were working on the Pearl album and were almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day. The Pearl album in released on January 12, 1971.  “Buried Alive In The Blues” is left on as an instrumental, and “Mercedes Benz,” a song Joplin recorded on a lark her last night alive, is included a capella. The album goes to #1 in America, as does the single “Me And Bobby McGee.”

Pearl 

October 3, 1970, Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band were working on the Pearl album and were almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day.

The next day, Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.

“Pearl” is released on January 11, 1971.

It’s #122 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.