From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the San Francisco Underground, Janis Joplin was the Queen of Blues when the Blues came from the Heart and Soul and Life or Death hung in the balance. It has been forty-five years since Janis died, at just 27 years old, when the world was just beginning to sit up and take notice. The following is her biography from A&E Network.
Bio. - A and E Network
To Love Somebody
Singer Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970.
Born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin developed a love of music at an early age, but her career didn't take off until she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. Their 1968 album, Cheap Thrills, was a huge hit. However, friction between
Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in
Developing a love for music at an early age,
Musically, Janis Joplin and her friends gravitated toward blues and jazz, admiring such artists as Lead Belly.
After graduating from high school,
In the summer of 1962,
In January 1963,
While their recordings for Mainstream never found much of an audience, Big Brother's first album for
Cheap Thrills helped solidify
Following a historic performance at
Tragic Death and Legacy
Following a long struggle with substance abuse,
Despite her untimely death, Janis Joplin's songs continue to attract new fans and inspire performers. Numerous collections of her songs have been released over the years, including In Concert (1971) and Box of Pearls (1999). In recognition of her significant accomplishments,
Dubbed the "first lady of rock 'n' roll,"