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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.

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Janis Joplin vs. Jimi Hendrix – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

Two members of rock's tragic so-called "27 Club," Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix complete our first-round bracket for the 100-percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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Janis Joplin Film News: Acclaimed Director Signs on for Amy Adams-led Biopic

Jean Marc-Vallee, director of 'Dallas Buyers Club,' has signed on to direct the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams.

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 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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U.S. Postal Service Unveils Janis Joplin Stamp

The Joplin stamp will be followed by those honoring John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Roy Orbison and others.

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John Lennon, Janis Joplin + More to Appear on Stamps

Classic rockers will continue to be featured on American stamps. Today (Feb. 21), it was learned that we can expect to see names such as John Lennon and Janis Joplin adorning letters over the next few years.

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Hear the Original Versions of 10 Songs Made Famous by Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin (1/19/43 - 10/4/70) wasn't much of a songwriter. She penned only a handful of the songs that made her famous during her brief career, including the favorites 'Down on Me' and 'Move Over.' Joplin found most of her best cuts in various genres that spa

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Columbia/Legacy Recordings

45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Leaves Big Brother & 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. Nevertheless, her departure from the group in December of 1968 seemed inevitable right from the start.

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YouTube / Sachs Media Group

See What Your Favorite Dead Rock Stars Would Look Like If They Were Still Alive

Here's what some of rock's best-loved deceased stars would look like if they were alive today.

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45 Years Ago: Big Brother & the Holding Company Release ‘Cheap Thrills’

"Four gentlemen and one great, great broad ... Big Brother & the Holding Company." Bill Graham utters these words at the very start of the San Francisco band's classic 'Cheap Thrills' album, introducing the band -- not just Janis Joplin and a bunch of guys who wandered onstage to back her up.

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Janis Joplin Is Broadway Bound

The Great White Way will be getting some cheap thrills and a case of dem old kozmic blues this fall.

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