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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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However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. He died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles at the age of only 58. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. He suffered a stroke in May 2003, after which he was forced to retire from public life. 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. He had been ill with chronically high blood pressure for some time, which resulted in renal failure in the autumn of 2002. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. His hits included "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" (1973), "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" (1973), "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (1974), "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1974), "What Am I Gonna Do With You" (1975), "Let the Music Play" (1976), "Your Sweetness is My Weakness" (1978), "Change" (1982), "Sho' You Right" (1987), and "Practice What You Preach" (1994), among others.

She also used other intoxicants. White reluctantly agreed and the rest, as they say, is music history. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. The group would score more hits throughout the '70s and White eventually married the lead singer of the group - Glodean James. While working on a few demos for a male singer to sing, the record label suggested White step out in front of the mic and not so much in the background. 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. The song hit the Top 20 of the pop charts. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. White produced, wrote and arranged the classic soul ballad, "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)".

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. Formed to be another version of the legendary Motown girl group The Supremes, the group would mold their talents with White for the next two years until the group and White were signed to contracts to 20th Century Fox Records. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. In 1969, he found his break backing up three talented female singers into a girl group called Love Unlimited. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. After being jailed, 17-year-old White left gang life and began a musical career at the dawn of the 1960s in singing groups before going out on his own in the middle of the decade. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. Though he was born in Galveston, Texas, he grew up in the high-crime areas of South Central Los Angeles, California, where he joined a gang at the age of 10, and subsequently, at 17, was jailed for four months for theft of $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires.

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. He was often affectionately referred to as the "Maestro". Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. His musical voice was often used by couples wishing to create a romantic ambience. He conducted the Love Unlimited Orchestra, which consisted of live musicians, including string and percussion players. Barry White (September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003) was an American record producer and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs.

1999: Staying Power. 1999: The Ultimate Collection. 1994: The Icon Is Love. 1992: Just For You (20-Jahre-Edition mit 3 CD?s).

1991: Put Me In Your Mix. 1989: The Man Is Back!. 1987: The Right Night & Barry White. 1983: Dedica Ted.

1982: Change. 1981: Beware!. 1981: Barry & Glodean. 1980: Sheet Music.

1979: I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing. 1979: The Message Is Love. 1978: The Man. 1977: Barry White Sings for Someone You Love.

1976: Is This Whatcha Want?. 1976: Let the Music Play. 1975: Just Another Way to Say I Love You. 1974: Can't Get Enough.

1973: Stone Gon'. 1973: I've Got So Much to Give. 1983: Rise. 1981: Welcome Aboard.

1981: Let 'Em Dance!. 1979: Love Is Back. 1979: Super Movie Themes, just a little bit different. 1978: My Musical Bouquet.

1977: He's All I've Got. 1976: My Sweet Summer Suite. 1975: Music Maestro Please. 1974: White Gold.

1974: In Heat. 1974: Together Brothers. 1974: Rhapsody in White. 1973: Under the Influence Of.

1972: From a Girl's Point of View We Give to You.

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