- NAME: Janis Joplin
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: January 19, 1943
- DEATH DATE: October 04, 1970
- Did You Know?: The 1979 Bette Midler film The Rose is loosely based on Janis Joplin's life.
- Did You Know?: The hit single "Me and Bobby McGee," from the posthumous album Pearl, was written by Janis Joplin's former lover, Kris Kristofferson.
- Did You Know?: Janis Joplin made television appearances with Ed Sullivan, Dick Cavett and Tom Jones.
- Did You Know?: A stained-glass window in San Antonio's Hard Rock Cafe pays tribute to Janis Joplin.
- Did You Know?: The cover of Cheap Thrills, Big Brother's 1968 album, was designed by famed underground cartoonist R. Crumb.
- EDUCATION: Thomas Jefferson High School, Lamar State College of Technology, Port Arthur College, University of Texas at Austin
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Port Arthur, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, California
- Full Name: Janis Lyn Joplin
- Nickname: First Lady of Rock 'n' Roll
- AKA: Janis Joplin
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Singer Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970.
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Breaking new ground for women in rock music, Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals.
Watch a short video about famed singer Janis Joplin and the short but fully lived life she led.
Janis Joplin broke the mold of how women in rock and roll were expected to act and took the world of music by storm.
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Completed by Joplin's producer, Pearl was released in 1971 and quickly became a hit. The single "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kris Kristofferson, a former love of Joplin's, reached the top of the charts.
Despite her untimely death, Janis Joplin's songs continue to attract new fans and inspire performers. Numerous collections of her songs have been released over the years,
including In Concert (1971) and Box of Pearls (1999). In recognition of her significant accomplishments, Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 2005.
Dubbed the "first lady of rock 'n' roll," Joplin has been the subject of several books and documentaries, including Love, Janis (1992), written by sister Laura Joplin. That book was adapted into a play of the same title.
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American society experienced a revolution in the late 1960s and early 70s, especially for African-Americans and women. Janis Joplin was the finest white blues singer of her generation; female singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell shared their innermost thoughts and feelings; Aretha Franklin emerged as the Queen of Soul; and Bonnie Raitt established herself as both a strong vocalist and a brilliant guitarist. Through their music, the women of this era created the soundtrack of social progress.
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Woodstock, the legendary 1969 music festival, changed the history of rock and roll. For three days on a 600-acre dairy farm in the Castkills of New York, 32 performers put on one of the biggest rock shows of all time in front of 500,000 fans. Here are some of the famous musicians who were part of Woodstock history.
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