Ike & Tina Turner
Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Honka Monka Club in
Queens, New York on July 8, 1970.
Janis Joplin performing
at Anderson Theater in New York City
on February 17, 1968.
Photos by Elliott Landy
Born on this day: May 8, 1911 – Iconic blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Johnson (born Robert Leroy Johnson in Hazlehurst, MS). Happy Birthday to one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century born one hundred eight years ago today.
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Ike and Tina Turner (1960)
On this day in music history: February 26, 1966 – “Baby Scratch My Back” by Slim Harpo hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #16 on the Hot 100 on March 19, 1966. Written by James Isaac Moore, it is the biggest hit for the R&B singer and blues harpist from Baton Rouge, LA. The song is recorded in a small studio in Crowley, LA and is released on indie R&B label Excello Records. The single receives a huge boost when radio station WLAC in Nashville, TN puts the record in heavy rotation. With the tiny AM stations transmitter putting out over 50,000 watts, its signal is able to reach thirty eight states which have distributors clamoring for the record. The huge R&B success of “Baby Scratch My Back” spills over to the pop charts where the single also reaches the Top 20 on the Hot 100. Though not as well known today, Slim Harpo’s music has proven to be quite influential over the years, particularly with British rock musicians such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Pretty Things, and The Yardbirds, all of whom have either recorded cover versions of his songs or playing them in their early live repertoires.