Janis Joplin
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Janis Lyn Joplin (1943 - 1970)

Janis Lyn "Pearl" Joplin
Born in Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, United Statesmap
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Sister of [private sister (unknown - unknown)] and [private brother (unknown - unknown)]
Died at age 27 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Janis Lyn Joplin was born on 19 January 1943 in Jefferson, Texas, daughter of Seth Ward Joplin and Dorothy Bonita East.[1]

Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist.

She performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival. Joplin's popular songs from her four-year solo career 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 abilities, and her fans referred to her stage presence as "electric". At the height of her career, she was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul," and became 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.[2]

Janis died (age 27) on 4 October 1970 in Los Angeles.[3]

Sample Recordings


Note Regardless of Wikipedia information, her bands were blues/ rock, not psychedelic rock. Janis did not like LSD, preferring bourbon. Read any of her biographies listed under Sources.


  1. Birth: "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"
    citing Texas Department of State Health Services.
    FamilySearch Record: V6SS-9QZ (accessed 13 June 2023)
    Janis Lyn Joplin born on 19 Jan 1943, daughter of Seth Ward Joplin & Dorothy Bonita East, in Jefferson, Texas.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Death: "California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997"
    Place: Los Angeles; Date: 4 Oct 1970
    Ancestry Record 5180 #3751794 (accessed 13 June 2023)
    Janis L Joplin death 4 Oct 1970 (born 19 Jan 1943) in Los Angeles.
  • Joplin. Laura. Love, Janis. Villard, 1992, written by her sister.
  • George-Warren, Holly. Janis: Her Life and Music.
  • Friedman, Myra. Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin, Crown, 1992.
  • "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGTN-CFJZ : 22 August 2018), Janis L Joplin, 1970.
  • Burial: Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/555/janis-joplin: accessed 13 June 2023), memorial page for Janis Joplin (19 Jan 1943–4 Oct 1970), Find a Grave Memorial ID 555; Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach, California; Maintained by Find a Grave.. Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea. Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5W-1MYT : accessed 21 August 2019), Janis Joplin in entry for Seth Ward Joplin, Texas, United States, 22 May 1987; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing , born-digital text.

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Added the genealogy info in the bio and did some formatting.
posted by Gina (Pocock) Jarvi
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We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.



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