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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. In 2000, the techno-dance group "Stars on 54 (Amber)" remade "If You Could Read My Mind" with a slight 'dance' beat to the background. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. In 1968, Canadian rockers "The Guess Who" wrote a tune about Lightfoot entitled "Lightfoot", which includes references to Lightfoot's songs. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. Gordon Lightfoot is also a member of the Order of Ontario, the highest award in the province of Ontario. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986, the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2001, and in May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour.

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. Lightfoot has received 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. He later returned to the music business with the album Harmony and an appearance on Canadian Idol. 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". Fall 2002, Lightfoot suffered a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage, which caused him to go into a comatose state for a short period of time. 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 June of 1974, his single, "Sundown", went to No.1 on the American charts.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. He is one of the first Canadian popular singers who achieved real stardom in his own country instead of moving to the United States. 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). In 1966, he released his debut album, Lightfoot. (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. He returned to Canada by the 1960s and performed in coffee houses on the Toronto folk scene. 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. He moved to Los Angeles, California during the 1950s where he studied at Hollywood's Westlake College of Music.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. Lightfoot was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. (O.C., C.M.), O.ont. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian folk singer, composer and lyricist. 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. Gordon Meredith Lightfoot C.C. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. 9, 2004.

She also used other intoxicants. "Lightfoot, Gordon." The Canadian Encyclopedia (http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0002075). Retrieved Sep. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. 1994 Lightfoot!/The Way I Feel. 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. 1993 The United Artists Collection. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. 1992 Original Lightfoot.

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. 1989 The Best of Gordon Lightfoot. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. 2. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. 1988 Gord's Gold, Vol. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. 1985 Songbook.

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. 1976 Early Morning Rain. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. 1975 Gord's Gold. 1974 The Very Best of Gordon Lightfoot. 1971 Classic Lightfoot: The Best of Gordon....

1970 The Best. 1968 Early Lightfoot. 2004 Harmony. 2003 Sunday Concert [Capitol 2003] (live).

1998 A Painter Passing Through. 1994 Sunday Concert [Bear Family] (live). 1993 Waiting for You. 1987 If You Could Read My Mind (re-release).

1986 East of Midnight. 1983 Salute. 1982 Shadows. 1980 Dream Street Rose.

197? Gordon Lightfoot Hudba a Slova. 1978 Endless Wire. 1976 Summertime Dream. 1975 Cold on the Shoulder.

1975 2 Originals of Gordon Lightfoot. 1974 Sundown. 1972 Don Quixote. 1972 Old Dan's Records.

1971 Summer Side of Life. 1970 Sit Down Young Stranger (renamed If You Could Read My Mind). 1969 Sunday Concert (live). 1968 Back Here on Earth.

1968 Did She Mention My Name. 1967 The Way I Feel. 1966 Lightfoot!. "Carefree Highway".

"Protocol". "Shadows". "In My Fashion". "The Pony Man".

"Does Your Mother Know". "Ghost of Cape Horn". "I'm Not Supposed To Care". "Did She Mention My Name".

"Cotton Jenny". "Bitter Green". "Alberta Bound". "Sundown".

"Rainy Day People". "Me and Bobby McGee". "The First Time ever I saw your face". "If You Could Read My Mind".

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy". "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

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