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Historical Photos | September 24, 2018

Janis Joplin and Tom Jones singing in a duet, 1969. 

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It's not un-- ok, it was a bit unusual. You wouldn't necessarily pair up Tom Jones and Janis Joplin for a duet -- Tom was, frankly, a little too square for the hippie diva. But showbiz being what it is, Tom had a variety program in 1969 called This Is Tom Jones, and Janis stopped by to do a number with the host. Other acts that were probably too hip to be there, but played nevertheless, included the Moody Blues, Joe Cocker, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And in its weird way, Jones-Joplin kinda worked -- in a song called "Raise Your Hand," the Welshman's big voice holds its own against Janis' wild backwoods screech. 

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Josh Robertson is a freelance writer who lives in the past -- and likes it there. He's a former Playboy and Yahoo! Internet Life editor and current social media whiz/hack. He prefers Martin Denny to Herb Alpert, still reads his Kurtzman-era Mad magazines, thinks margarita mix is an abomination and believes Lazenby was the second-best Bond, deal with it.