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Janis Joplin

American singer and songwriter

Janis Joplin is ...


Born 19 January 1943 in Port Arthur
Died 4 October 1970 in Hollywood
Age 27 years, 9 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation singer, singer-songwriter, composer, musician and guitarist
Instrument guitar
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Genre psychedelic rock and blues
Voice type mezzo-soprano
Twitter username janisjoplin

About Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was a force to be reckoned with. Born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1943, Joplin's unique voice and powerful stage presence made her one of the most iconic singers of the 1960s. Her bluesy, soulful sound and raw, emotional performances earned her a place in the pantheon of rock and roll legends.

Joplin's early years were marked by a rebellious streak and a love of music. She was drawn to the blues and R&B sounds of artists like Bessie Smith and Otis Redding, and began performing in local clubs and coffeehouses while still in high school. After a brief stint at the University of Texas, Joplin moved to San Francisco in 1963, where she became a fixture in the city's burgeoning music scene.

It was in San Francisco that Joplin joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and began to make a name for herself as a singer and songwriter. The band's 1968 album, Cheap Thrills, featuring Joplin's electrifying vocals on songs like "Piece of My Heart" and "Ball and Chain," cemented her status as a rock and roll icon.

But Joplin's success was not without its struggles. She battled addiction and loneliness throughout her career, and tragically died of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27. Despite her short life, Joplin's impact on music and culture cannot be overstated. She paved the way for countless female artists who followed in her footsteps, and her music continues to inspire and move audiences to this day.


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About Death

On October 4, 1970, producer Paul Rothchild became concerned when Joplin failed to show up at Sunset Sound Recorders for a recording session. Full Tilt Boogie's road manager John Cooke drove to the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood where Joplin was staying. He saw Joplin's psychedelically painted Porsche 356 C Cabriolet in the parking lot. Upon entering Joplin's room (#105), he found her dead on the floor beside her bed. The official cause of death was a heroin overdose, possibly compounded by alcohol. Cooke believes Joplin had been given heroin that was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week.

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