“Back in Port Arthur, I’d heard some Leadbelly records, and, well, if the blues syndrome is true, I guess it’s true about me. So I began listening to blues and folk music. I bought Bessie Smith and Odetta records...” -Janis Joplin
50 years ago on this day, Janis Joplin, along with Juanita Green, paid for a proper gravestone for one of Janis’ biggest musical inspirations and idols, Bessie Smith.
The headstone, located in Philadelphia, reads: “The Greatest Blues Singer in the World Will Never Stop Singing — Bessie Smith 1895‐1937.”
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