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. One of their more famous songs from this period was "Cherish," part of their album Emergency. The movie The Rose, with Bette Midler in the lead role, was loosely based on Joplin's life. Their fame quickly diminished in the later part of the decade, though they continued releasing albums throughout the 80s and 1990s. The album Pearl was released six weeks after her death. More hits followed in the early 1980s, including "Big Fun" and "Get Down on It". She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. Their only #1 hit was 1980's "Celebration", off Celebrate!, produced by Eumir Deodato.

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 late 1970s saw a lull in Kool & the Gang's career that ended (after new lead singer James "JT" Taylor joined the group) with 1979's Ladies Night, the title track from which spawned a 25-year-long tradition of ladies' nights in New Jersey dance clubs and bars. She made it there, but it would be one if the last decisions of her life. Several live and studio albums followed, but 1973's Wild and Peaceful broke the into the mainstream with "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging". 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". Though none of the three singles from the album went far on the pop charts, their R&B success was swift and massive. 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. The group first hit the pop charts with their debut, self-titled album.

That group broke up, and Joplin then formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band. The Bell Brothers' father was an acquaintance of Thelonious Monk and the brothers were friends with Leon Thomas. 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). November 1, 1951, Youngstown, Ohio); George Brown on drums; Robert Mickens on trumpet; Dennis Thomas on saxophone; and Rick Westfield on keyboards. (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. October 8, 1950, Youngstown, Ohio) and Ronald Bell on saxophone (b. 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 group's main members over the years included brothers Robert Bell (known as "Kool") on bass (b.

However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success. They started out as practitioners of R&B and funk, eventually went through a phase where they were a smooth disco ensemble, and wound up the successful period of their career recording tunes that were a mixture of pop and R&B. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. They went through several musical phases in their career. 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. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort. Kool & the Gang was a massively successful rhythm and blues and disco group.

She also used other intoxicants. "Stone Love" [1987, #10]. Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a "speed freak" and occasional heroin user. "Victory" [1986, #10]. 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. "Emergency" [1985, #28]. There, she began singing blues and folk music with friends. "Cherish" [1985, #2].

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. "Fresh" [1985, #4]. She grew up listening to blues musicians such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. "Misled" [1985, #10]. Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. "Tonight" [1984, #13]. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971. "Joanna" [1983, #2 (#1 R&B)].

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. "Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)" [1982, #30]. Download sample of "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" from I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!. "Big Fun" [1982, #21]. "Get Down on It" [1982, #10]. "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" [1981, #17 (#1 R&B)].

Jones" [1981, #39]. "Jones vs. "Celebration" [1980 #1, (#1 R&B)]. "Too Hot" [1980, #5].

"Ladies' Night" [1979, #8 (#1 R&B)]. "Spirit of the Boogie"/"Summer Madness" [1975, #35 (#1 R&B)]. "Higher Plane" [1974, #37 (#1 R&B)]. "Hollywood Swinging" [1974, #6].

"Jungle Boogie" [1974, #4]. "Funky Stuff" [1973, #29]. Victory (1986, Mercury, #25). Emergency (1985, De-Lite, #13).

In the Heart (1984, De-Lite, #29). As One (1982, De-Lite, #29). Something Special (1981, De-Lite, #12). Celebrate! (1980, De-Lite, #10).

Ladies' Night (1979, De-Lite, #13). Wild and Peaceful (1974, De-Lite, #33).

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