Janis Joplin

Active - 1967 - 2017  |   Born - Jan 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, United States  |   Died - Oct 4, 1970   |   Genres - Music, Historical Film, Culture & Society

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  • Influences included musical icons Leadbelly, Odetta and Bessie Smith, for whom Joplin provided a headstone 33 years after the blues great's death.
  • An outcast in both high school and college who was frequently targeted for ridicule and torment.
  • Pre-fame, occasionally performed with future Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.
  • Broke through with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, thanks to a mesmerizing set that included Joplin's take on the song "Ball and Chain."
  • Cheap Thrills, Big Brother's second album, went to No. 1 upon its release in August 1968; Joplin left the band four months later.
  • Had been scheduled to record vocals for "Buried Alive in the Blues," a song slated for the album Pearl, the day she died of a heroin overdose.
  • Released in 1971, Pearl and the single "Me and Bobby McGee" both topped the charts.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 by folk-rock singer Melissa Etheridge.