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Janis Joplin

voc, 1943-1970 US, Port Arthur, Texas
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of Rock and Blues
A.k.a. Janis Lyn Joplin Pearl (8)

Born 19 January 1943, Port Arthur, Texas, USA Died 04 October 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA Joplin was the eldest of her siblings Michael and Laura, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where she began painting and listening to blues artists Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Big Mama Thornton and Odetta with the other rebellious kids in her neighborhood. She graduated high school in 1960, and in 1962, she quit university in the middle of her studies. The university then ran the headline, "She Dares To Be Different" in the student newspaper. She went to San Francisco in 1963, first living in North Beach and later, Haight-Ashbury, where she begun the drug and alcohol habits that would tragically end her life. During this period, she recorded a session with Jorma Kaukonen that later appeared as the bootleg "The Typewriter Tape". Noticeably suffering from her addictions, she returned to Port Arthur in May 1965 and 'straightened up' for a year, enrolling as a sociology major at Lamar University. In 1966, at the invitation of Chet Helms whom she'd known as a teenager, she returned to California and was recruited as the singer for Big Brother & The Holding Company in June, appearing at the [c=Avalon Ballroom] in San Francisco during her first public performance with them. In August 1966, the group signed with Mainstream Records and recorded an album. However, it was not released until a year later and in the meantime, with very little reward, they moved with the Grateful Dead to a house in Lagunitas, California. It was there that Joplin relapsed into hard drug use. Joplin and the band signed with Albert Grossman in November 1967 and released Cheap Thrills in 1968. This release was the culmination of a year in which Joplin had wowed audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival, the Anderson Theater in New York, the Wake For Martin Luther King Jr concert with Jimi Hendrix in New York and on TV's prime-time Dick Cavett Show. Joplin then left the band after a Family Dog benefit gig in December 1968 and formed a back-up group, the Kozmic Blues Band, releasing an album in September 1969. The group disbanded three months later, with Joplin again suffering from her addictions. After taking time out in Brazil with friend Linda Gravenites, who was her costume designer and praised by Joplin in the May 1968 issue of Vogue, Joplin returned to America and formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band, which began touring in May 1970. She also appeared in reunion concerts with Big Brother & The Holding Company at this time. She then began recording a new album in September 1970 with producer Paul A. Rothchild. By Saturday, October 3rd Joplin had already laid down a number of takes at [c=Sunset Sound Studios] in LA, including "Mercedes Benz". On the following day she failed to appear and John Cooke, the road manager of Full Tilt Boogie Band, drove to the Landmark Motor Hotel where Joplin was staying. There he found her dead on the floor of her room, the result of a seizure caused by a heroin overdose. Joplin was cremated and her ashes scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean. Her unfinished recordings were assembled and the result was the posthumously released Pearl in 1971. It became the biggest selling album of her career. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 (Performer).

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Guitar
Genres
  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Me and Bobby McGee on Pearl by Janis Joplin
Piece of My Heart on Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin
Cry Baby on Pearl by Janis Joplin
Mercedes Benz on Pearl by Janis Joplin
Summertime on Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin
Maybe on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! by Janis Joplin
Kozmic Blues on I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! by Janis Joplin
Move Over on Pearl by Janis Joplin
Ball and Chain on Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin
Call On Me on Big Brother & The Holding Company by Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
A Songbook With FriendsJanis Joplin2018Compil.
California 1962 - The Early DaysJanis Joplin2017Compil.
Little Girl Blue: Early California SessionsJanis Joplin2017Compil.
Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 1968Janis Joplin With The Big Brother & The Holding Company2016Album
Folk Theatre, San Jose, 1962 / Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, 1962Janis Joplin2016Album
JANISJanis Joplin2016Album
Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin, Johnny Winter2016Album
The TV Collection plus NEWPORT 1968Janis Joplin2016Album
Live In Amsterdam 1969, US Radio Shows 1969-70Janis Joplin & Kozmic Blues Band2016Album
Little Girl Blue Original Motion Picture SoundtrackJanis Joplin2016Compil.
Original Album ClassicsJanis Joplin2015Album
Early & RareJanis Joplin2015Album
WoodstockJanis Joplin2015Album
Little Girl Blue - The Early Years (1963-65)Janis Joplin2014Compil.
CollectionJanis Joplin2014Compil.
On TelevisionJanis Joplin2014Album
Live At Royal Albert HallJanis Joplin, Kozmic Blues Band2013Album
Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1969Janis Joplin And Kozmic Blues Band2013Album
Presença De Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2013Compil.
Love On The TracksJanis Joplin And Full Tilt Boogie Band2013Album
Highlights From The Pearl SessionsJanis Joplin2012Compil.
Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin2012Album
Janis - The Classic LP CollectionJanis Joplin2012Album
Piece Of My Heart - The CollectionJanis Joplin2012Compil.
The Genuine Rare PearlsJanis Joplin2012Compil.
Move Over!Janis Joplin2011Single
The Kozmic BluesJanis Joplin2011Album
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! / Love JanisJanis Joplin2010Album
Playlist: The Very Best Of Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2010Compil.
The CollectionJanis Joplin2010Compil.
Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin2009Album
The Woodstock ExperienceJanis Joplin2009Album
Cry BabyJanis Joplin2009Album
Cry Baby - The Ultimate CollectionJanis Joplin2009Compil.
Best Of CollectionsJanis Joplin2008Compil.
Mercedes Benz / Feel Good Inc.Gorillaz / Janis Joplin2008Single
Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin2007Album
In WoodstockJanis Joplin2007Album
The 60'sJanis Joplin2006Compil.
Great Women's Voices 7Janis Joplin2006Compil.
MastersJanis Joplin2006Album
MP3Janis Joplin2005Compil.
Janis Joplin Live with BBATHCJanis Joplin2005Album
Janis Joplin LiveJanis Joplin With Big Brother & The Holding Company2005Album
The Best Of Janis Joplin CollectionJanis Joplin2005Compil.
CollectionsJanis Joplin2004Compil.
Me And Bobby McGeeKris Kristofferson, Janis Joplin2003Single
Звезды WoodstockJimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors2003Album
Mercedes BenzJanis Joplin2003Single
The Essential Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2003Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2002Compil.
Love, JanisJanis Joplin2001Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2001Album
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2001Compil.
Les Indispensables De Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2001Compil.
The Great JanisJanis Joplin2001Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin2001Compil.
Very BestJanis Joplin2001Compil.
Nine Hundred NightsBig Brother & The Holding Company With Janis Joplin2001Single
Big Brother & The Holding Company / Cheap ThrillsJanis Joplin, Big Brother & The Holding Company2000Compil.
A Wicked Woman Dies YoungJanis Joplin2000Album
Cheap Thrills / I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! / PearlJanis Joplin2000Album
Greatest HitsJanis Joplin2000Compil.
Forever GoldJanis Joplin2000Compil.
Фонотека В КарманеJanis Joplin2000Compil.
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! / PearlJanis Joplin2000Compil.
Super HitsJanis Joplin2000Compil.
Cheap Thrills / PearlJanis Joplin2000Album
Good Girls To Heaven, Bad Ones To Everywhere (Janis Live In Amsterdam)Janis Joplin2000Album
Rare PearlsJanis Joplin1999Compil.
Greatest Hits '2000Janis Joplin1999Compil.
Mercedes Benz Rare Tracks 1962 – 1970Janis Joplin1999Album
Box Of Pearls (The Janis Joplin Collection)Janis Joplin1999Album
Love Janis, Expanded Editions SamplerJanis Joplin1999Compil.
Super Stars Best CollectionJanis Joplin1998Compil.
The Ultimate CollectionJanis Joplin1998Compil.
Live At Winterland '68Janis Joplin With Big Brother & The Holding Company1998Album
Premium BestJanis Joplin1998Compil.
La Mejor Música De Este MundoJanis Joplin1998Compil.
CollectionJanis Joplin1998Compil.
Janis Joplin Digitally RemasteredJanis Joplin1998Compil.
Cheap Thrills / I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! / PearlJanis Joplin1997Album
Absolute JanisJanis Joplin1997Compil.
Light Is Faster Than SoundJanis Joplin1997Album
GoldJanis Joplin1997Compil.
SummertimeJanis Joplin1996Album
3 Cd originauxJanis Joplin1996Compil.
Life Is Stronger Than LoveJanis Joplin1995Compil.
The Very Best OfJanis Joplin1995Compil.
18 Essential SongsJanis Joplin1995Compil.
Best - Mercedes BenzJanis Joplin1995Compil.
ExitosJanis Joplin1995Compil.
The LegendJanis Joplin1994Compil.
A Flower In The SunJanis Joplin1994Album
Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin1994Compil.
Joplin In Concert & Farewell SongJanis Joplin1994Compil.
UnforgettableJanis Joplin1994Album
Flower In The SunJanis Joplin1993Album
Six Sides Of JanisJanis Joplin1993Album
JanisJanis Joplin1993Compil.
Try 'Just A Little Bit Harder'Janis Joplin1993Compil.
Live At Woodstock August 17. 1969Janis Joplin1993Album
I Need A Man To LoveJanis Joplin1992Single
Live In Los Angeles 1967 - Monterey 1967Janis Joplin1992Compil.
Bye, Bye BabyJanis Joplin1992Album
Magic Of LoveJanis Joplin1992Album
Greatest HitsJanis Joplin1991Compil.
UntitledJanis Joplin Featuring Big Brother & The Holding Company1991Compil.
Live In USAJanis Joplin1991Album
The Best Of Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1991Compil.
The Way She WasJanis Joplin1991Album
Los Monstruos Del RockJanis Joplin1990Compil.
Live USAJanis Joplin & Big Brother & The Holding Company1990Album
Turn On Your LovelightJanis Joplin1990Album
Star BoxJanis Joplin1989Compil.
Live At Monterey Pop Festival 1967Janis Joplin • The Grateful Dead • Steve Miller Band • Canned Heat1989Compil.
Trouble In MindJanis Joplin1989Album
Pearl + I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!Janis Joplin1988Compil.
Live In San Francisco 1966/67Janis Joplin1988Album
Live Fast Die YoungJanis Joplin, Big Brother & The Holding Company1988Album
Trailer Disc BizzJanis Joplin / Jimi Hendrix1985Single
Giants Of RockBlood, Sweat And Tears / Fleetwood Mac / Janis Joplin1984Compil.
Live Fast Die YoungJanis Joplin1983Album
The History Of Rock (Volume Fifteen)Santana / Janis Joplin / Steppenwolf / The Velvet Underground1983Compil.
Cheap Thrills / PearlJanis Joplin, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Full Tilt Boogie Band1983Compil.
A CollectionJanis Joplin1982Compil.
ForeverJanis Joplin1982Compil.
One Night StandJanis Joplin1982Single
Farewell SongJanis Joplin1982Single
Farewell SongJanis Joplin1982Album
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1981Compil.
Ball And ChainJanis Joplin1980Compil.
AnthologyJanis Joplin1980Compil.
Me And Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin1980Single
Me And Bobby McGee / Cry BabyJanis Joplin1980Single
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1978Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1978Compil.
The Greatest Hits OfJanis Joplin1977Compil.
Golden Grand Prix 30Janis Joplin1977Compil.
Me And Bobby McGee / Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin1977Single
The Greatest Hits Of Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1977Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1976Compil.
Combination Of The TwoJanis Joplin1975Single
JanisJanis Joplin1975Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1975Compil.
Janis Joplin (Gift Pack Series)Janis Joplin1973Compil.
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1973Compil.
Janis Joplin's Greatest HitsJanis Joplin1973Compil.
Janis Joplin's Greatest HitsJanis Joplin1973Compil.
Pack 20Janis Joplin1972Compil.
Down On MeJanis Joplin1972Single
Mercedes Benz / Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin1972Single
Down On MeJanis Joplin With Big Brother & The Holding Company1972Single
Piece Of My HeartJanis Joplin1972Single
In ConcertJanis Joplin1972Album
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1972Compil.
La Inolvidable Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1972Single
Me And Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin1972Single
Joplin In ConcertJanis Joplin1972Album
Move OverJanis Joplin1971Single
Mini AlbumJanis Joplin / Bob Dylan1971Single
PerlaJanis Joplin1971Single
Cry Baby / Move OverJanis Joplin1971Single
Move Over / A Woman Left LonelyJanis Joplin1971Single
Get It While You Can / Move OverJanis Joplin1971Single
Me And Bobby McGee / Get It While You CanJanis Joplin1971Single
PearlJanis Joplin1971Album
Move OverJanis Joplin1971Single
Me And Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin1970Single
Wicked WomanJanis Joplin1970Album
Conquistame DiosJanis Joplin1970Single
Live (Big Brothers)Janis Joplin1970Album
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin1970Single
Cry BabyJanis Joplin1970Single
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / One Good ManJanis Joplin1970Single
Blues KozmicoJanis Joplin1970Single
JanisJanis Joplin1970Album
Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) / Little Girl BlueJanis Joplin1969Single
Texas International Pop FestivalJanis Joplin1969Album
MaybeJanis Joplin1969Single
Maybe / Work Me, LordJanis Joplin1969Single
Kozmic BluesJanis Joplin1969Single
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!Janis Joplin1969Album
Piece Of My Heart / SummertimeJanis Joplin1968Single
Big Brother & The Holding CompanyBig Brother & The Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin1968Single
A Woman Left LonelyJanis JoplinSingle
Try / ListenJanis Joplin / ChicagoSingle
TogetherJanis Joplin & Aretha FranklinAlbum
FairwellJanis JoplinAlbum
BirdlandJanis JoplinAlbum
The Genuine Rare Pearls Vol.2Janis JoplinAlbum
Best SelectionJanis JoplinCompil.
BestJanis JoplinCompil.
Fillmore East 2/12/1969Janis JoplinAlbum
Star SeriesJanis JoplinCompil.
Mamy Blue / Cry BabyThe Pop Tops, Janis JoplinSingle
Digitally Remastered Star PowerJanis JoplinCompil.
Down On Me = Me Tienen RabiaJanis JoplinSingle
Collector's SeriesBig Brother & The Holding Company / Janis JoplinAlbum
Romantic CollectionJanis JoplinCompil.
Janis Joplin часть 3Janis JoplinAlbum
Janis Joplin часть 1-2Janis JoplinAlbum
The Dick Cavett Show ApresentaDick Cavett ,Presents Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family StoneAlbum
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