Born: 19 January 1943
Died: 4 October 1970 (drug overdose)
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas
Best known as: 1960s blues/rock singer of "Me and Bobby McGee"
Janis Joplin was a middle-class white girl who sang the blues with the San Francisco band Big Brother and The Holding Company. A local sensation, they became nationally famous after their performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (organized by John Phillips). In 1968 they had a hit with "Piece Of My Heart." Joplin died of a heroin overdose in a Los Angeles hotel in 1970, two weeks after the death of fellow rock star Jimi Hendrix. In 1971 her posthumous album Pearl, featuring a new backup band, had a number one hit with "Me And Bobby McGee." She lived fast and died young, an American icon and souvenir of the 1960s.
The 1979 film The Rose starred Bette Midler as a character based on Joplin.
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