Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

About Janis Joplin

Iconic blues and rock singer Janis Joplin grew up in Port Arthur, Texas—a self-described “misfit” inspired by the music of Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, and Big Mama Thornton.

∙ In 1966, she joined the psychedelic-rock band Big Brother & The Holding Company and was soon known on the San Francisco music scene for her flamboyant style and powerhouse vocals.
∙ Joplin’s star-making set with Big Brother at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is considered one of the greatest live performances of the era and earned the band a major label deal.
∙ In 1968, Big Brother’s Cheap Thrills—featuring Joplin’s wailing, explosive rendition of Erma Franklin’s R&B hit “Piece of My Heart”—spent eight weeks at No. 1.
∙ After leaving Big Brother, she hit the road in 1969 with her newly assembled Kozmic Blues Band and recorded the Gold-selling LP I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!.
∙ Released just a few months after her death in 1970, her final album, Pearl, went to No. 1 and spent 42 weeks on the Billboard 200, selling more than 4 million copies in the US alone.
∙ “Me and Bobby McGee”—Pearl’s Kris Kristofferson-penned country ballad which topped the Pop charts in 1971—was the only No.1 single of her career.
∙ She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award ten years later.
Rolling Stone named Joplin one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and also included her on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

  • HOMETOWN
    Port Arthur, TX
  • BORN
    January 19, 1943