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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. He will also be working with Korn for a track on their next album for release later in 2005[2] (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1486976/05122004/lil_jon_1.jhtml). The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. The Double-CD Crunk Juice includes remixes of Daddy Yankee's Reggaeton hit "Gasolina," as well as skits from comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. Kelly, Ice Cube, Timbaland, Usher, and Ludacris. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. Lil Jon has recently released his new album called Crunk Juice, which features contributions from Rick Rubin, R.

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. The track was one of the biggest hits of 2004, topping the Billboard Hot 100, European, World, US and World R&B charts, World Adult, Australian, Norwegian, and Swiss charts and reached number 2 in Canada. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. In late 2003, Usher asked Lil Jon to produce and appear on "Yeah" the lead single from his Confessions album. 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". Jon also produced the hit single "Salt Shaker" for the Ying Yang Twins. 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. Lil Jon put out a compilation CD and DVD in 2003 called Part II featuring remixes of "Get Low" featuring Busta Rhymes and Elephant Man as well as the Ying Yang Twins.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Based on the success of "Get Low", Kings of Crunk would make the top twenty of the US album chart in September 2003. 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). It also went into the top 40 in markets such as Germany and Australia in 2004. (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 reached the top 5 in a composite worldwide r&b chart (compiled from U.S., German, French, UK, and Australian r&b charts) in 2003 and internet download charts. 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. However, it was "Get Low" with the Ying Yang Twins and its catchy hook "from the window to the wall" that became a breakout hit.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. The first single, "I Don't Give a ****" featuring Mystikal and Krayzie Bone, became another dancefloor filler. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. In 2002, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz released their breakthrough album Kings of Crunk. 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. "Bia Bia" the single from the album featuring Ludacris, Too Short, and Chyna Whyte became a hit in clubs throughout the US and also made the top twenty downloads on MP3.com. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz returned in 2001 with Put Your Hood Up.

She also used other intoxicants. DJ Smurf of the Ying Yang Twins has said of his contribution, "Anything you say about crunk has to start with Lil Jon."[1] (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5015949/1). Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. This song, which featured booming bass, synthesiser riffs, and loud vocal chants, would be a pivotal track in the development of crunk. 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. This contained the song "Who You Wit" which became a club anthem in Atlanta. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. In 1996, Lil Jon linked up with the Big Sam and Lil Bo, collectively known as The East Side Boyz, to produce the album Get Crunk, Who U Wit:Da Album.

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 worked for So So Def between 1993 and 2000. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. He also started doing remixes for artists Usher, Too Short, Xscape, and Total. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Lil Jon also hosted a radio show on V103. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. He was working as a club DJ when Jermaine Dupri discovered him and invited him to work as an A&R man for So So Def.

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. Lil Jon graduated in 1988 from Atlanta's Douglass High School. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. His group, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, is one of the subgenre's most notable acts. He is best known as a pioneer of the subgenre of hip hop known as "crunk", a combination of elements of Southern hip hop and bass music. Lil Jon (born Jonathan Smith in 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an African-American hip hop performer and record producer.

2005 "What U Gon' Do" #22 US, #38 UK (double A-side with Roll Call in the UK). Usher and Ludacris) #3 US. 2004 "Lovers and Friends" (feat. Lil Jon and Twista) #7 US.

2004 "Let's Go" (Trick Daddy feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris) #1 US, #1 UK. 2004 "Yeah!" (Usher feat. 2004 "Get Low" #2 US.

Crunk Juice (2004). Part II (2003 CD and DVD combination). Kings of Crunk (2002). Put Yo Hood Up (2001).

Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album (1997).

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