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. After her contract with Elektra expired at the end of 2004, she moved over to the Cash Money Records label, where she expects to release her third album before the end of 2005. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. The single was successful on urban radio and a minor hit with pop audiences. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. In 2004, Mo had better luck with "21 Answers", a response to 50 Cent's popular "21 Questions". She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. The other duet, "4 Ever", the first official single off of Lil' Mo's own sophomore album, Meet The Girl Next Door, was a minor urban and R&B hit, but did not achieve pop success.

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. During the summer of 2003, Mo appeared on two important singles with Fabolous, who partially had Mo to thank for his own break into the industry, and who has since been more successful on both urban and mainstream charts than Mo herself. Their first duet was "Can't Let You Go", the first single off of Fabolous' Street Dreams LP, was one of 2003's biggest rap and mainstream pop hits. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. Mo refused to fire back, calling the whole thing "juvenile". 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". Since, Ja Rule has taken some cheap shots at former friend, Mo, calling her a "bitch", and crediting himself as the reason why Mo had had any hits. 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 2002.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. artist Ashanti for collaborations instead of her, Mo ended all associations with Murder Inc. 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 a falling out with Ja Rule and Irv Gotti, caused by Mo's accusations that they now favored using new Murder Inc. (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. Tha album's second single, "Gangsta", contained a sample of Snoop Dogg's "Gin And Juice", but failed to cfind an audience. 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 video was also a huge hit on MTV2 and BET.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. The "Part II" remix, featuring hip-hop newcomer Fabolous, was an uptempo, hip-hop flavored record, using an instrumental track producer DJ Clue had originally intended for M.O.P. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. Later that year, Mo released her debut album, Based On A True Story, on Elektra, and had a successful single of her own, "Superwoman [Part II]", off of that album. 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 single was an enormous hit on both urban and pop radio, and reached #8 on the US pop charts, and more Rule/Mo collaborations followed, including "I Cry", which repurposed The O'Jays' 1978 hit "Cry Together". She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Records labelmate Vita.

She also used other intoxicants. Mo's next big exposure came in early 2001, when she was featured on Ja Rule's hit single "Put It On Me" alongside Rule's Murder Inc. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. She was featured in the music video for the song's remix alongside guest rappers Nas and Eve. 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. One of those tracks, "Hot Boys", became Mo's breakout appearance. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. Signed with Elektra Records, she entered the music industry as a protégé of labelmate Missy Elliott, and appeared on tracks for Elliott's Da Real World in 1999.

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. II". She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. She is most famous for collaborating with artists such as Ja Rule, Missy Elliott, and Fabolous, and for her hit single "Superwoman Pt. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Lil' Mo (born Cynthia Loving in Long Island, New York) is an African American R&B singer. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. 2003: "21 Answers".

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. 2003: "4Ever". Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. 2001: "Gangsta". II]" (featuring Fabolous) (US #11). 2001: "Superwoman [Pt.

2001: "I Cry" (Ja Rule featuring Lil' Mo) (US #40). 2001: "Put It On Me" (Ja Rule featuring Lil' Mo and Vita) (US #8). 1999: "Hot Boys [Remix]" {Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott featuring Lil' Mo, Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip (US #5). 2003: Meet the Girl Next Door.

2001: Based on a True Story.

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