Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

About Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter. Joplin first rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her more soulful and bluesy backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Janis Joplin charted five singles, and other popular songs from her four-year career include 'Down On Me', 'Summertime', 'Piece of My Heart', 'Turtle Blues', 'Ball 'n' Chain', 'Maybe', 'To Love Somebody', 'Kozmic Blues', 'Work Me, Lord', 'Cry Baby', 'Mercedes Benz', and her only number one hit, 'Me and Bobby McGee'. Joplin was well known for her performing abilities, and her fans referred to her stage presence as 'electric'.

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