Janis Joplin (January 19th, 1943 - October 4th, 1970)
Janis Joplin was a singer/songwriter from America famous for her hit "Piece Of My Heart".
Net Worth: Janis Joplin has a net worth of $5 Million according to Celebrity Networth (2015).
Musical Career: She performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. This was her first ever large-scale performance, and led to becoming one of the major attractions at the Woodstock Festival and the Festival Express train tour.
Five songs of Joplin's charted, and her other songs were very popular. Some of them were, "Down On Me", "Summertime", "Piece Of My Heart", "Ball 'n' Chain".
Her only number one hit was, "Me and Bobby McGee".
In 1995, Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Her first recorded song was "What Good Can Drinkin' Do", in December 1962.
In January 1963, Janis left Texas for San Francisco.
In 1963, Janis recorded a number of Blues standards with Jorma Kaukonen and Margareta Kaukonen, including "Hesitation Blues", and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out".
In 1966, Big Brother and The holding Company contacted Janis due to her bluesy vocal style.
Recruited by Chet Helms, Janis was taken back to San Francisco to join the band.
The group signed a deal with Mainstream Records in August 1966.
The label owner Bob Shad refused to pay the bands airfare after they recorded some tracks in his Chicago studio.
1967 hosted one of Joplin's early major performances at the Mantra-Rock Dance Festival at the Avalon Ballroom.
She performed with Big Brother along with Bhaktivedanta Swami, Allen Ginsberg, Moby Grape, and Grateful Dead.
Joplin and Big Brother played in clubs, at the Fillmore West, Winterland, and Avalon Ballroom, as well as Hollywood Bowl in LA.
In 1967, after the group had a breakthrough performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, they released their debut studio album, "Big Brother and The Holding Company".
The group began their East Coast Tour on April 7th 1968, which ended with performances with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Paul Butterfield, and Elvin Bishop at the "Wake for Martin Luther King, Jr." concert in New York.
Joplin and Big Brother made their nationwide television debut on The Dick Cavett Show, in early 1968, and soon after the tape got erased.
Joplin contributed a huge amount to her major studio recording, in the arrangement for Big Brother's second studio album, "Cheap Thrills".
The album, after reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, successfully launched Joplin's career.
In 1968, the band had another East Coast tour, during July and August.
Joplin announced that she would be leaving Big Brother after returning to San Francisco.
On September 14th, 1968, the band hosted a three-night final gig together at Fillmore West.
In October 1968, at a live performance at he Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, bassist Peter Albin mocked Joplin in front of the audience.
December 1st, 1968 was Joplin's last performance with Big Brother, and was at a family dog benefit.
Joplin formed the Kozmic Blues Band after her split from Big Brother.
The bands album, "Kozmic Blues" was released in September 1969, and was certified gold, although it was not as successful as "Cheap Thrills"
On August 16th, 1969, Joplin appeared at the Woodstock Festival and performed throughout the night, becoming one of the famous festivals' main attractions.
In late summer of 1969, guitarist of Big Brother Sam Andrew, who had left the band with Joplin in 1968, returned to Big Brother without her.
The Kozmic Blues Band broke up at the end of the year, performing their last gig at Madison Square Garden with Winter and Butterfield.
She met David Niehaus, an American man who was travelling the world.
Around this time, she began a new band, "Full Tilt Boogie Band". They began touring in May 1970.
Before this tour, she did a reunion gig with Big Brother on April 4th, 1970, and again on April 12th.
Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band joined the all-star Festival Express train tour from June 28-July 4 1970.
They were accompanied by Buddy Guy, The Band, Ten Years After, Grateful Dead, Delaney and Bonnie, Eric Andersen, and Ian & Sylvia, playing in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary.
Joplin headlined on all three nights, and even went on with other artists like Jerry Garcia, whilst her band was tuning up.
On August 20th, 1970, Joplin performed her last gig with Full Tilt Boogie Band.
During the end of 1970, Joplin and her band started recording a new album in LA.
'Pearl' was released in 1971, Joplin's biggest selling album of her career.
Personal Life: Her friends nicknamed her 'Pearl'.
Janis was also a painter, dancer, and music arranger.
She was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19th, 1943.
Her Mother was Dorothy Bonita East (February 15, 1913 - December 13, 1998) and her Father was Seth Ward Joplin (April 19, 1910 - May 10, 1987).
They were a religious family, and attended the Church of Christ.
She began singing with friends, because her main focus at school was painting.
After years of bullying, Janis graduated High School in 1960.
She moved on to study at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas.
Later, she went to The University of Texas at Austin, but did not complete her studies.
Janis had extensive problems with drugs and alcohol throughout her career, frequently using heroin and constantly relapsing.
She has had relationships with Peter De Blanc, Country Joe McDonald and Big Brother.
She died in her hotel room from a heroin overdose and was discovered by her road manager.
The film would be based on Laura Joplin’s book, ‘Love, Janis’.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Sean Durkin who helmed Martha Marcy May Marlene and Williams is in early negotiations for the role.
Michelle Williams is reportedly in early negotiations to play Janis Joplin
Continue reading: Michelle Williams 'In Talks' For Janis Joplin Biopic
There were very few women involved in the rock scene in the late 60's and Janis Joplin was the most famous name of them all. The little girl with the BIG voice was accepted and treated as an equal in an environment that was usually dominated by men.
Janis' early career saw her perform with Big Brother and the Holding Company and later began a solo career and eventually recruited additional members to form the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Together they made one album, Pearl, which was released posthumously after Joplin's death early in 1971. However successful Janis became, she constantly struggled with depression and had a dependency on heroin - an addiction that would finally take her life at the age of 27.
Director Amy J. Berg has made a documentary about Janis Joplin's life and tries to cast some light on the person behind the voice and the songs.
Is this real? The Janis Joplin biopic has been in the works for years and might finally come to a screen near you in 2016.
It’s been a long time coming (so long, in fact, that the whole thing became a running joke on the late 30 Rock), but the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is finally about to become a real thing. Get It While You Can is set to film in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Fran.
Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin? Well, it's not Jenna Maroney, but good enough.
Now, biopics can be really hit-and-miss as we’ve seen in the past year, but something that works in this one’s favour is the directing choice – Get It While You Can could be helmed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallee is currently in talks to direct the flick, but it’s been a long winding road getting to this point. Back in 2013, Lee Daniels was slated to direct the flick. Over the years, has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced today (18th July) it will be exhibiting a number of Beyoncé's famous outfits from such videos as 'Single Ladies' and from her appearances at events like the 2013 Super Bowl.
Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' outfit has been immortalised at Madame Tussauds.
Continue reading: Beyoncé "Honoured & Humbled" By Hall Of Fame Exhibition
The successful musical finally hits the big time.
A Night With Janis Joplin has finally premiered on Broadway after toruing Portland, Washington D.C., Pasadena and Milwaukee, garnering some excitable reviews along the way.
The iconic voice of Janis Joplin will be brought back to life as 'A Night With Janis Joplin' prepares to hit Broadway.
The prolific 1960s rock n' roll singer might not be around any more to perform but fans of her songs can experience A Night With Janis Joplin: a musical celebration of Joplin and her lasting influence upon singers. Mary Bridget Davis stars as the "boozy, bluesy, hot-mama" legend Joplin in the musical which producers say will start previews in the Lyceum Theatre from September, according to the Associated Press. In 2005, she competed with 150 other actresses for the highly coveted role in a production which has toured Portland, Washington D.C., Pasadena and Milwaukee.
Janis Joplin Performed At Woodstock Festival In 1969.
The show is written and directed by Randy Johnson and will feature a live onstage band performing all the Joplin classics, including 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Mercedez Benz' and 'Summertime'. The show's website describes Joplin as a "comet that burns far too brightly to last" and "the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll." Joplin's distinctive hoarse, husky sounding voice "filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort" is described by music historian Tom Moon as "devastatingly original."
Continue reading: 'A Night With Janis Joplin': Janis Joplin Brought To Life On Broadway
Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! Today, Jimi Hendrix would have been celebrating his 70th birthday, had a tragic turn of events not resulted in his death on September 18, 1970.
Shot in 1969 at an outdoor concert that precluded Woodstock, the film defies the stereotype of the general population at the time. Sure, some have painted their faces and smoke joints, but D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Moon Over Broadway) surprisingly chooses to show a broad spectrum of the audience. No matter who is watching, it all comes back to the talented musicians that stir your soul.
Continue reading: Monterey Pop Review
Date of birth
4th October, 1970
Date of death
4th October, 1970