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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was born in Texas, but she got her start singing with the San Francisco-based Big Brother & the Holding Company. After the success of their 1968 album ‘Cheap Thrills,’ Joplin launched a solo career that produced only two albums before her death at the age of 27 in 1970 of a heroin overdose. But the records she left behind (including the posthumous No. 1, ‘Pearl’) have influenced scores of younger artists. Joplin was a big, bluesy singer whose defining rasp allowed her to push the somewhat basic songs she recorded into fiery new territories. With her solo work, she explored more R&B and country paths, with horns and a backing band as big as her voice.

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin’s Second Solo Album, ‘Pearl,’ Released Three Months After Her Death

Janis Joplin wasn't around when her second solo album, Pearl, was released in January 1971.

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YouTube

Janis Joplin’s Car Sells for More Than $1.7 Million

Janis Joplin's famous 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet fetched a record price at an auction.

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Columbia / Legacy Recordings
Columbia / Legacy Recordings

The Day Janis Joplin Left Big Brother and the Holding Company

Though they may have been far from technically sound, Big Brother and the Holding Company were, in fact, the perfect band for a young Janis Joplin to have on her side.

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YouTube

Janis Joplin ‘Little Girl Blue’ Documentary to Air on PBS

Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new Janis Joplin documentary helmed by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg, has started its limited theatrical run, which will be followed by airings on PBS' American Masters series.

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Hulton Archive / Stroud / Getty Images

Janis Joplin’s Siblings Recall Family Trip to San Francisco in New Documentary Clip

Janis Joplin's sister remembers what happened when they saw their daughter performing with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Pays for Her Own Wake

The music world was shocked to hear that Janis Joplin died of an accidental drug overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room on Oct. 4, 1970, at the age of 27.

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45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Dies

The rock world lost Janis Joplin to a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970.

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Records Her Final Song, ‘Mercedes Benz’

Janis Joplin was close to completing 'Pearl' on Oct. 1, 1970, when she did an a cappella take on "Mercedes Benz." Three days later, she overdosed.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

46 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Releases Her Debut Solo Album, ‘I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!’

Anyone who heard Janis Joplin's knockout performance on Big Brother and the Holding Company's 1968 album 'Cheap Thrills' knew she wouldn't be sticking around for long.

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Columbia

47 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Becomes a Star With Big Brother & the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’

Cheap Thrills was Big Brother's second album, but in a way it's their first real statement.

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