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Janis Joplin

Born: Jan 19, 1943

Death: Oct 4, 1970

Birthplace: Port Arthur

Profession: Singer

Nationality: United States

Janis Joplin

Date of Birth : Jan 19, 1943
Date of Death : Oct 4, 1970
Birth Place : Port Arthur

Janis Lyn Joplin was a US singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic/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". Joplin 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.


  • Singer
  • Songwriter

Also known as

  • Janis Lyn Joplin
  • janis_joplin
  • Mary Jane
  • Joplin, Janis
  • Pearl


  • Dorothy Joplin
  • Seth Joplin


  • Country Joe McDonald

Awards Won

  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
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