Dave, this is FASCINATING. Thanks for posting the songs on your web page. She was an interesting
jazz singer, to say the least.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Dave Radlauer" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:38 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] I've got unique pre-Joplin music, info, living participants available
> Ms. LeBlond,
> I think you might want to be in touch.
> I've got unique pre-Joplin music, info, living participants available:
> Dave Radlauer
> hm# 510-848-8323
> cell# 510-717-5240
> *Janis Joplin was taped in 1963 & '65 with **Dick Oxtot*
> * jazz bands in the San Francisco area, years before her Rock career.
> Oxtot had a unique talent for spotting and hiring good female singers. As
> with Joplin, they were often diamonds in the rough, recruited from the Folk
> music scene, or destined for success in other genres.*
> The dates, locations and personnel of the Oxtot-Joplin sessions have only
> recently come into focus. They were taped formally and informally at
> various locations: Oxtot’s Berkeley home, and possibly at a bar in San
> Francisco or Berkeley radio station KPFA-FM.
> One of my informants, Dave Greer, who was present at parties when Janis
> sang with the band, says Oxtot played cornet on those occasions. (He soon
> gave up the horn completely for banjo, singing and bandleading.) Notable
> players on these sessions include: trombone player Jim Leigh, and
> clarinetists Earl Scheelar and Frank Goudie.
> Despite the rawness of her voice she had an unmistakable feeling for the
> blues, and expressive commitment that transcended her technical
> limitations. The poignant irony of this original tune, “What Good Can
> Drinkin’ Do,” is that Joplin killed herself with drinking and drugs by age