Janis Joplin vs. Jimi Hendrix – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One
Known to her friends as Pearl, Joplin -- like Hendrix -- rose to fame after a scorching performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. She eventually charting five songs as lead singer of the psychedelic-rockers Big Brother and the Holding Company and then with her own, more soul-inflected groups called the Kosmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band.
Like Hendrix, too, she died accidentally and at a very young age. For Joplin, it was lethal combination of heroin and booze in 1970. Hendrix had passed 16 days earlier, after taking too many sleeping pills. By that time, the guitarist had been recognized as a sideman with both the Isley Brothers and Little Richard, had launched three UK Top 10 hits from his smash debut recording with the Experience, and -- like Joplin -- had topped himself once again with a signature performance at Woodstock.
So, which will it be -- Janis or Jimi? Vote once an hour between now and Monday, Jan. 12 at 11:59PM ET. This month’s inductee will be announced on Jan. 27. Be sure to read our official rules.