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.

Win a Janis Joplin Vinyl Box Set
Today (Jan. 19) would have been Janis Joplin's 70th birthday. To honor her, Ultimate Classic Rock is teaming up with Legacy recordings to give one lucky winner a copy of the 'Janis Joplin - the Classic LP collection,' box set on vinyl.

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