The history of eyeglasses and rock and roll has to be written yet. Consider this random photo collection as a modest starting point. Scroll down and indulge yourself in rocking eyeglasses!
Buddy Holly, The-Father-Of-Rock-and-Roll-Horn-Rimmed-Eyeglasses (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Roy Orbison comes very close to Buddy Holly with his eyeglasses (Photo by John Waterman/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Watch out Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Rockabilly legend Jody Reynolds wears some nice horn-rimmed-eyeglasses, too!
Little Richard, King Of Sunglasses And Rock ‘n’ Roll (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The other King Of Rock And Roll: Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla, showing off his fancy eyeglasses (Photo found at Silver Lining Opticians)
Janis Joplin (1969) knows: these glasses keep your eyes warm in winter (Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images)
Rock star John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1980: Sometimes stars and sunglasses come in pairs (photo: David Mcgough, LIFE)
He ain’t no rock ‘n’ roller but he sure got fine glasses
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Today it’s the birthday of rock and blues singer Janis Joplin (1943 – 1970). She was the first big female rock star. In the sixties she mesmerized the rock audiences with a voice that was raw and tender at the same time. Unfortunately, her drug abuse killed her way too early.
But let’s not mourn. Let’s watch this incredible performance of hers in Germany from 1969 instead. Pay attention to when Janis invites the audience on stage – she really tries hard to make the Germans dance. But to no avail.
Then I suggest you watch the Dick Cavett Interview. Janis complains about the stiff European audience: “Nobody rocks over there, (…) they don’t get down”. You can catch a glimpse of the real Janis, not the “rock star”. She doesn’t want to be called a star: “Call me a singer” she tells Cavett. In this interview she’s sensitive, humorous, intelligent and a little bit shy.
Before we finish, I’d like to supply you with a little bit of trivia: Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Interestingly this is the same place, where Lee Hazlewood (1929 – 2007) spent some of his teenage years. Hazlewood was a singer, songwriter and producer. He wrote and produced the Nancy Sinatra classic “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” and recorded some duets with Nancy Sinatra, too.