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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin on the cover of her posthumously-released live album In Concert

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock, R&B, and soul singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971.

Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. Joplin graduated from Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1960 and went to college at the University of Texas in Austin, though she never completed a degree. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends.

Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as "liberated", Joplin styled herself after the beat poets, left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, lived in North Beach, and worked occasionally as a folk singer. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. She also used other intoxicants. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort.

After a return to Port Arthur to recuperate, she again moved to San Francisco in 1966, where her bluesy vocal style saw her join Big Brother and The Holding Company, a band that was gaining some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success.

The band's big break came at the Monterey Pop Festival, which included a version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and featured a barnstorming vocal by Joplin. (The D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop captured Cass Elliott in the crowd silently mouthing "Wow" during part of Joplin's performance.) Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills featured more raw emotional performances and made Joplin's name.

Splitting from Big Brother, she formed a backup group, named the Kozmic Blues Band, which backed her on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! 1969 (year she played at Woodstock). That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. The result was the posthumously released Pearl (1971), which featured a hit single in the form of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee and the wry social commentary of Mercedes-Benz, written by beat poet Michael McClure.

Her last public appearance was on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, where she said that she was going to attend her 10-year high school reunion, although she had formerly said when in high school there she was "laughed out of class, out of school, out of town". She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life.

Shortly thereafter, Joplin died of an overdose of unusually pure heroin on October 4, 1970 in a Los Angeles, California motel room, at the age of 27. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life.

She is now remembered best for her powerful, distinctive voice, which was significantly divergent from the soft folk-influenced styles more common at the time, as well as for her lyrical themes of pain and loss.

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She is now remembered best for her powerful, distinctive voice, which was significantly divergent from the soft folk-influenced styles more common at the time, as well as for her lyrical themes of pain and loss. She was nominated for a 2005 Grammy award for "Best Instrumental Composition Accompanying a Vocal" for her interpretation of the song "Unchained Melody" on her At Last album. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. In March of 2004 the full length "Shine" album was finally released, though exclusively in Japan. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. In November 2003 an album of standards was released entitled At Last (formerly "Naked City"), which became a top 40 hit in the US and Australia. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. She maintains a devoted fanbase and lives in New York with her husband, actor David Thornton, and their child.

Shortly thereafter, Joplin died of an overdose of unusually pure heroin on October 4, 1970 in a Los Angeles, California motel room, at the age of 27. She then re-signed with Sony/Epic Records, the label that made her a star, and a new album called Naked City was in the works. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. Additionally Lauper's former label Sony issued a new greatest hits CD entitled The Essential Cyndi Lauper. Her last public appearance was on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, where she said that she was going to attend her 10-year high school reunion, although she had formerly said when in high school there she was "laughed out of class, out of school, out of town". of remixes from the unreleased "Shine" album was sold on the Edel America Records website. The result was the posthumously released Pearl (1971), which featured a hit single in the form of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee and the wry social commentary of Mercedes-Benz, written by beat poet Michael McClure. In 2003, an E.P.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She undertook her second co-headlining tour with Cher in 2002. Splitting from Big Brother, she formed a backup group, named the Kozmic Blues Band, which backed her on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! 1969 (year she played at Woodstock). of the same name was made available through her website and at Tower Records, the full length album concept was scrapped. (The D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop captured Cass Elliott in the crowd silently mouthing "Wow" during part of Joplin's performance.) Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills featured more raw emotional performances and made Joplin's name. Although a five song E.P. The band's big break came at the Monterey Pop Festival, which included a version of Big Mama Thornton's Ball and Chain and featured a barnstorming vocal by Joplin. Just weeks before the album's scheduled release, however, her label, Edel America Records, folded, and, to Lauper's consternation, the tracks were leaked to the public.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. In 2001 Lauper prepared an album, Shine, which saw her returning to her early bubblegum pop sound without losing the "maturity" she had embraced on later records. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. She also garnered critical plaudits for her roles in several independent films including The Opportunists (with Christopher Walken) and Off and Running. After a return to Port Arthur to recuperate, she again moved to San Francisco in 1966, where her bluesy vocal style saw her join Big Brother and The Holding Company, a band that was gaining some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury. In 1999 she co-headlined a tour alongside Cher, and contributed a cover version of the disco classic "Disco Inferno" to the soundtrack of the film A Night at the Roxbury. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. The album's singles were remixed to great acclaim, and Lauper began performing as a featured artist at gay pride events around the world.

She also used other intoxicants. The topicality of the album also contributed to its "pink" appeal: the song "Ballad of Cleo and Joe" addressed the complications of a drag queen's double life, while "You Don't Know" tackled the thorny issue of coming out. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. With subject matter even more adult than before, it was quickly embraced by the gay community for its disco and club stylings. Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as "liberated", Joplin styled herself after the beat poets, left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, lived in North Beach, and worked occasionally as a folk singer. Her 1997 album Sisters of Avalon brought her back into the limelight. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. The album was released under a number of different titles, packaging and track listings around the world.

Joplin graduated from Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1960 and went to college at the University of Texas in Austin, though she never completed a degree. and Then Some, a greatest hits compilation that included two new tracks, one of which was a remix of her first big hit, newly christened "Hey Now (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)". She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. She also released 12 Deadly Cyns.. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. In 1995 Lauper won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for her portrayal of wealthy contessa Marianne Lugasso in Mad About You. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. With a smooth new R&B sound and production by Junior Vasquez, she tackled such topics as spousal abuse and abortion.

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock, R&B, and soul singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. She released the critically acclaimed album Hat Full of Stars in the same year, but once again sales were poor. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. Fox's secretary in My Life With Mikey. Lauper took a break from singing at this point, but didn't disappear from show business, and in 1993 she played Michael J. In 1990 she joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin.

Orbison's version was not released until 1992, three years after Lauper's version and four years after Orbison's death. Lauper's third album, 1989's A Night to Remember, though critically well-received, was not as commercially successful as its predecessors, spawning just one hit, "I Drove All Night", which was originally penned for Roy Orbison. Her soundtrack contribution, "Hole In My Heart (All the Way to China)", also flopped. In 1988 she appeared as the female lead in the quirky comedy Vibes, which was poorly received by critics and a commercial flop.

The title song went on to become her second Platinum number 1 hit. Revealing a more mature sound and sensibility, it reached number 4 on the US album charts. In 1986, after recording the song "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" for the 1985 film The Goonies, Lauper released her second album, True Colors. At this stage of her career, she was often compared to Madonna.

Lauper was popular with teenagers, in part because of her quirky image which took the popular late 1970s punk look and marketed it to a mainstream audience. The album also included "She Bop", a paean to female masturbation, and the romantic ballad "Time After Time", an instant "standard" which has since been covered by over 70 artists (most notably Miles Davis). Cyndi Lauper was the first female artist to have four consecutive Top 5 hits from one album, She's So Unusual. Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984 for her work on the album.

A mixture of teen-friendly pop-rock and edgier, almost punky sounds, the album's biggest hit, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", quickly established itself as a female anthem. She began her career in a band named Blue Angel, and in 1983 started dating her manager David Wolff with whom she released She's So Unusual, a worldwide hit which made Lauper a household name. Cyndi Lauper was born in Queens, New York. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is a singer whose melodic voice and wild costumes have come to epitomize the 1980s, the decade in which she first came to fame.

2005 The Naked Brothers Band (currently in post-production). 1999 The Opportunists. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Cameo). 1994 Mrs.

1993 Life With Mikey. 1991 Off and Running. 1988 Vibes. 1985 The Goonies (Cameo).

Sincerely...Mariya Takeuchi Songbook (Various Artists) - 2003 (Vocals on "Winter Lovers"). Blowback (Tricky) - 2000 (Vocals on "Five Days"). Rugrats in Paris - the Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists) - 200 (Contributes track). Southie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Various Artists) - 1999 (Vocals on Wild Colonials track "If By Chance").

A Night at the Roxbury: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 1998 (Contributes track). Largo (Various Artists) - 1998 (Contributes 2 tracks). Out of Body (The Hooters) - 1993 (Lead vocals on "Boys Will be Boys"). Put on Your Green Shoes (Various Artists) - 1993 (Performs title track, billed as part of "3 Cats 'n Jammers").

A Very Special Christmas 2 (Various Artists) - 1992 (Duets with Frank Sinatra). Tycoon (Various Artists) - 1992 (Contributes 2 tracks). Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Various Artists) - 1990 (Contributes track "Cold"). The Wall: Live in Berlin (Roger Waters) - 1990 (On several songs recorded live).

The Bridge (Billy Joel) - 1986 (Duets on "Code of Silence"). Cyndi Lauper & Friends (Compilation with songs by others) - 1985 (Brazil Only). The Wrestling Album (Various Artists) - 1985 (Backing Vocals, billed as "Mona Flambe"). Confrontation (Face to Face) - 1985 (Backing Vocals, billed as "Kindy Lipkey").

USA For Africa - 1985. The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack = 1985. What's In a Name? (Henry Gross) - 1981 (Backing Vocals). Shine Remixes - 2003.

Shine E.P. - 2002. Wanna Have Fun - 1998. Shine - 2004 (Japan Only). At Last - 2003.

The Essential Cyndi Lauper - 2003. Shine - 2002 (Unreleased). Pop Wave - 2002 (Germany Only). Cyndi Lauper - V.I.P. - 2002 (Germany Only).

Feels Like Christmas - 2001. Grande Sucesses - 2001 (Brazil Only). Siglo XXI Cyndi Lauper Los Exitos Del Siglo - 2001 (Brazil Only). Media Markt Presents Cyndi Lauper - 2001 (Germany Only).

Cyndi Lauper Greatest Hits - 2000 (Colombia Only). Best of Best Gold - Time After Time - 2000 (UK/France Only). Cyndi Lauper - The Best - 2000 (Peru Only). Merry Christmas...Have a Nice Life - 1998.

Sisters of Avalon - 1996. Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some - 1994. Hat Full of Stars - 1993. The Best Remixes - 1989.

A Night to Remember - 1989. True Colors - 1986. She's So Unusual - 1984. Blue Angel - 1980.

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