Janis Joplin

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Janis Lyn Joplin (Joplin is pronounced - dʒɒplɪn)

If you need more introduction than that, please go and take a long hard look at your musical knowledge, this woman had been an influence over Garage Rock, Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Acid Rock, Indie, Rock, and pretty much everything else.


Born in the 19th of January 1943, passed away October the 4th, 1970.

She was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the Psychedelic Rock / Acid Rock band "Big Brother and the Holding Company", and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, "The Kozmic Blues Band" and "The Full Tilt Boogie Band".

Her first ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival; this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour.

Joplin charted five singles; other popular songs include: "Down on Me"; "Summertime"; "Piece of My Heart"; "Ball 'n' Chain"; "Maybe"; "To Love Somebody"; "Kozmic Blues"; "Work Me, Lord"; "Cry Baby"; "Mercedes Benz"; and her only number one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee".

She was well known for her performing ability and was a multi instrumentalist. Her fans referred to her stage presence as "electric", at the height of her career, she was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul".

Known as "Pearl" among her friends, she was also a painter, dancer and music arranger.

Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004 and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.

Albums List

This seems to be a list of her more successful solo albums, but her full list is extremely long..

Early demo recoding 1964 - The Typewriter Tapes


1) 1969 - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!

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2) 1971 - Pearl


3) 1972 - Joplin In Concert


5) 1973 - Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits


6) 1975 - Janis


7) 1975 - Live in Honolulu


8) 1982 - Farewell Song


9) 1995 - This Is Janis Joplin

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10) 2011 - Super Hits



1) 1969 - Kozmic Blues

2) 1971 - Me and Bobby McGee

3) 1971 Get It While You Can

4) 1971 - Cry Baby

5) 1972 - Down on Me (Live)


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