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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

♫Godmother of Punk♫

Nicknames are often applied by the media, sometimes being quite horrific. It is the media's way to use expression and identify the significance of someone, a specific situation or event. For musicians, their nicknames are earned with most having many accolades to their credit. Each genre of music boasts its Kings and Queens with soul even having a Godfather. But who is a Godmother?

Welcome into the Spotlight...


Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 

Joan Jett is known as the Godmother of Soul building her own kind of rock star. Jett always brought danger, defiance and fierceness to rock and roll. Along with the Blackhearts - Jamaican slang for loner - she has never been afraid to explore her own vulnerabilities or her darker sides, or to speak her mind.
Joan Jett established a brand of punkish hard rock & roll that would inspire millions of barroom singalongs and influence a generation of female rockers. Jett was one of the most surprising success stories of the 1980s. The latter-day leader of the all-female teenage hard-rock group the Runaways, Jett could barely get a U.S. deal for her first solo album at the beginning of 1981. But one year later her second solo LP, I Love Rock 'N' Roll, had a Number One single with its title track and went platinum. Jett couldn't maintain that level of mainstream pop success, but she's continued recording and touring to a significant fanbase well into the 21st Century. [Source: Rolling Stone]
On this day...

1982  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: I Love Rock and Roll is a US No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

No.1 Hits...

 1961 Elvis Presley's "Surrender" hits #1
 
1971 Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee" hits #1

Certifications...

 

1967 The Beatles' "Penny Lane" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" is certified gold
 

  Do you love Rock 'n' Roll?


1959 Dick Clark protege and teen idol Bobby Rydell makes his first television appearance, naturally enough, on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1991 Michael Jackson signs the largest contract renewal in history to that time, inking a $65 million deal with Sony.
 


And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing ti