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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.
. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. His biggest hit so far from the album is the song "Headsprung". The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. His latest album, Definition, came out in 2004. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. It included the popular singles "Paradise" (featuring Amerie), "Luv U Better", and the massive 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have".

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. His next album was 10 from 2002 (2002 in music). She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. In 1996, LL also helped to launch a clothing line named FUBU; the name is an acronym for "For Us, By Us", meaning that the clothes were made for and marketed to black people by a black person. 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". Its singles, "Doin' It" and "Loungin", were two of the biggest songs in 1996 and both songs' music videos were hugely successful on MTV. Another of the album's singles, "Hey Lover", featured Boyz II Men singing the chorus and eventually became one the first rap music videos to air on American VH1. 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. Smith (1995 in music), a double platinum hit.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. He starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr. 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). After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, he released 14 Shots to the Dome to muted sales and mixed reviews. (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. It spawned three singles, "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," and especially the hard-hitting title track, which got special notice after LL Cool J's dynamic performance of it during an episode of MTV Unplugged. 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. Eager to regain his hardcore audience, he released Mama Said Knock You Out, easily the hardest record he had made, which re-established his reputation in the hip hop community.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. Critics scoffed at his new direction, though, and by the release of Walking with a Panther (1989 in music), he was booed offstage at the Apollo Theater. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. The ballad "I Need Love" was one of the first pop-rap songs to be a hit. 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 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer (see 1987 in music). She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were successful and helped the album go platinum.

She also used other intoxicants. The album was released to critical acclaim, as LL Cool J was one of the first rappers to use conventional song structure to make pop-oriented rap. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. The song was the first hit record for Def Jam, and its success persuaded him to drop out of school to record Radio (1985 in music). 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. He signed to Def Jam in 1984 and released the underground hit "I Need a Beat" (see 1984 in music). There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. LL Cool J was born and grew up in Queens, New York City.

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. He has also appeared in several films. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. He is best known for romantic ballads like "I Need Love" as well as hardcore rap like "I Can't Live Without My Radio". Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968) is an American hip hop artist better known by his stage name, LL Cool J (an abbreviation of "Ladies Love Cool James"). Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. Toys (1992).

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. In the House (1995). Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Deep Blue Sea (1999). In Too Deep (1999).

Any Given Sunday (1999). Charlie's Angels (2000). Rollerball (2002). S.W.A.T. (2003).

Mindhunters (2004). 7 Aurelius) #26 US, #3 UK. 2005 "Hush" (feat. 2004 "Headsprung" #16 US, #25 UK.

from "The DEFinition"

    . LL Cool J) #1 US, #2 UK. 2003 "All I Have" (Jennifer Lopez feat. Amerie) #36 US, #18 UK.

    2003 "Paradise" (feat. 2002 "Luv U Better" #4 US, #7 UK. from "10"

      . Dre & LL Cool J) #15 UK.

      1998 "Zoom" (Dr. from "Bulworth" soundtrack

        . 1998 "Father" #18 US, #10 UK. 1997 "Phenomenon" #9 UK.

        from "Phenomenon"

          . 1997 "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" (B Real / Busta Rhymes / Coolio / LL Cool J / Method Man) #8 UK. from "Space Jam" soundtrack
            . 1997 "Ain't Nobody" #1 UK.

            from "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" soundtrack

              . 1996 "Loungin'" #3 US, #7 UK. 1996 "Doin' It" (guest vocals by LeShaun) #9 US, #15 UK. Boyz II Men) #3 US, #17 UK (1996 release in the UK).

              1995 "Hey Lover" (feat. Smith"

                . from "Mr. 1993 "How I'm Comin'" #37 UK.

                from "14 Shots to the Dome"

                  . 1991 "Mama Said Knock You Out" #17 US. 1990 "Around the Way Girl" #9 US, #36 UK (1991 re-issue). from "Mama Said Knock You Out"
                    .

                    1989 "I'm That Type of Guy" #15 US. 1988 "Going Back to Cali" #31 US, #37 UK (double-A-side with Jack the Ripper in the UK). from "Walkin with a Panther"

                      . 1987 "I Need Love" #14 US, #8 UK.

                      from "Bigger and Deffer"

                        . 2004 "The DEFinition" #4 US, US Sales: 500,000. 2002 "10" #2 US, #26 UK, US Sales: 500,000. Smith: The Greatest of All Time" #1 US, #29 UK, US Sales: 500,000.

                        James T. feat. 2000 "G.O.A.T. 1997 "Phenomenon" #7 US, #37 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000.

                        1996 "All World: Greatest Hits" #29 US, #23 UK, US Sales: 1,000,000. Smith" #20 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1995 "Mr. 1993 "14 Shots to the Dome" #5 US, US Sales: 500,000.

                        1990 "Mama Said Knock You Out" #16 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1989 "Walking with a Panther" #6 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. 1987 "Bigger and Deffer" #3 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1985 "Radio" #46 US, US Sales: 1,000,000.

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