Janis Joplin

Joplin in 1970
Joplin in 1960 as a graduating senior in high school
Joplin (seated) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, c. 1966–1967 photograph Bob Seidemann
Joplin performs with Tom Jones on This Is Tom Jones in late 1969
Newspaper review of Joplin's 1969 concert at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio includes the fact that before it started she walked to the lobby and watched audience members arrive.
Janis Joplin performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 1968
Joplin photographed by Jim Marshall in 1969, one year before her death

American singer.

- Janis Joplin
Joplin in 1970

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Side A of the US single

Me and Bobby McGee

Song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller, whose songs "King Of The Road," "Dang Me" and "Do-Wacka-Do" defined a generation of crossover country music.

Song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller, whose songs "King Of The Road," "Dang Me" and "Do-Wacka-Do" defined a generation of crossover country music.

Side A of the US single

A posthumously released version by Janis Joplin topped the U.S. singles chart in 1971, making the song the second posthumously released No. 1 single in U.S. chart history after "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

Piece of My Heart

Romantic funk/soul love song written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967.

Romantic funk/soul love song written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967.

CD single cover
Cover of the 1968 Dutch single

The song came to greater mainstream attention when Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin on lead vocals) covered the song in 1968 and had a much bigger hit with it.

The movie poster

Festival Express

The movie poster

Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

27 Club graffiti in Tel Aviv depicting several well-known members of the club. Left to right: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.

27 Club

Urban legend that popular musicians, artists, and actors die at age 27 with statistically anomalous frequency.

Urban legend that popular musicians, artists, and actors die at age 27 with statistically anomalous frequency.

27 Club graffiti in Tel Aviv depicting several well-known members of the club. Left to right: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of the rock band the Doors and among the first people associated with the 27 Club

Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971.

The farewell aria of Sultan Bazajet in Handel's opera Tamerlano. (Note the da capo instruction.) First edition, London, 1719.

Summertime (George Gershwin song)

Aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.

Aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.

The farewell aria of Sultan Bazajet in Handel's opera Tamerlano. (Note the da capo instruction.) First edition, London, 1719.

Big Brother and the Holding Company's version featuring Janis Joplin on vocals has been highly praised.

Johnson in 2009

Jimmy Johnson (American football coach)

Former American football coach and sports analyst.

Former American football coach and sports analyst.

Johnson in 2009
Jimmy Johnson and the 1987 Miami Hurricanes team present President Ronald Reagan with a University of Miami jersey at The White House after winning the 1987 national championship, January 1988
Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, and Jimmy Johnson in Afghanistan during a taping of the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, 2009

In high school he was a classmate of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Janis Joplin.

Monterey International Pop Festival

Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Three-day music festival held June 16 to 18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.

Jefferson Airplane in early 1967
Janis Joplin (photo 1968)
The Beach Boys' sudden cancellation from the event drew criticism and controversy.
Advertising promoting the festival published in Cashbox magazine in 1967

The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin and the introduction of Otis Redding to a mass American audience.

Rainey in 1917

Ma Rainey

American blues singer and influential early blues recording artist.

American blues singer and influential early blues recording artist.

Rainey in 1917
Rainey and the band

Her signature low and gravelly voice sung with Rainey's gusto and authoritative style inspired imitators from Louis Armstrong, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt among others.

Kaukonen performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2009

Jorma Kaukonen

American blues, folk, and rock guitarist.

American blues, folk, and rock guitarist.

Kaukonen performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2009
Hot Tuna at MerleFest, 2006. Left to right: Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, and Barry Mitterhoff
Hot Tuna at MerleFest, 2006. Left to right: Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, and Barry Mitterhoff

He played as a solo act in coffee houses and accompanied Janis Joplin on acoustic guitar on the 1964 recording known as "The Typewriter Tapes" because of the obtrusive sound of Kaukonen's first wife, Margareta, typing in the background.

Sainte-Marie in 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.

Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.

Sainte-Marie in 2015
Sainte-Marie performing in the Netherlands in the Grand Gala du Disque Populaire 1968
Sainte-Marie in 1970
Buffy Sainte-Marie playing the Peterborough Summer Festival of Lights on June 24, 2009
Sainte-Marie performing at The Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, on June 15, 2013

Her music has been recorded by many artists including Donovan, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes, Janis Joplin, and Glen Campbell.