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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. However, such crossover success seems imminent, as new mainstream radio stations continue to add the song to their playlists every week. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. The song has managed to achieve this feat essentially on the strength of urban radio airplay alone as it has not yet had massive pop crossover success. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. 1 on the Hot 100. She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. It is Juvenile's and guest artist Soulja Slim's first No.

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 song topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart on August 7, 2004 knocking Usher's "Confessions" (part 2) out of number one after only two weeks. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. This summer, his Juve The Great album has spawned a massive hit called "Slow Motion". 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". He has released a total of nine albums. 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. His latest album is Juve The Great(2004).

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Juvenile returned to Cash Money in 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). After the lackluster reception of The G-Code and Project English (2001), which only contained the very minor hit single, "From Your Momma", Juvenile left Cash Money Records, releasing The Compilation in 2002 with the UTP (Uptown Project Playas) crew. (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. Warlock Records released a remixed version of Being Myself at the same time. 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. In 1999, Solja Rags was re-released nationally to ride the wave of popularity Juvenile was enjoying with the release of 400 Degreez and its smash lead single, "Back That Ass Up", which eventually became a pop crossover hit in early 2000.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. In 1997, Solja Rags, Juvenile's debut with Cash Money Records, was an underground hit. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. He began recording in a distinctive southern style with Being Myself (1995, Warlock Records). 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. Juvenile (born Terius Gray) is a gangsta rapper from New Orleans. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Juvenile Lyrics (http://lyrics.rare-lyrics.com/J/Juvenile.html).

She also used other intoxicants. Official Site (http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/juvenile/artist.jhtml). Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. Juve The Great (2003). 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 Compilation (2002). There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. Project English (2001).

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. The G-Code. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. Being Myself [Remixed Version] (1999). Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. 400 Degreez (1998). Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. Solja Rags (1997).

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. Being Myself (1995). Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!.

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