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 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Janis Joplin is Notable.

(From Wikipedia)
Janis Lyn Joplin was an American 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. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles, and other 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.


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.


  • 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 death index 1940-1997; "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPCD-S3Y : 26 November 2014), Janis L Joplin, 04 Oct 1970; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  • "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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YAY! Janice and I are 12th cousins once removed! She is one of my favorite singers of all time! Not only that, she is the first "notable" that I am related to on my mother's side of the family (up until this point, all notables that I have discovered that I am related to are on my father's side of the family). No wonder I love her so much! Via John Webster II (1510-1575).
posted by Mary Leachman
edited by Mary Leachman
Janis and I are 8c1xr via Ambrose Dudley 1649-1712
posted by Harley Lusher
Janis & I would be 8th cousin via Joseph Elderkin.
posted by Denise Rhynold
My 9th cousin through Morgans.
posted by Jen (Bowman) Chaudhry
Janis and I are 9th cousins through Richard Taliaferro.
posted by Marsha (Cramer) Baker
Janis is my 8th cousin, once removed.
posted by Wendy Johnson
My 10th cousin 1 times removed.. in my family tree..
posted by Betty Jo Bunker
Hi there profile managers!

We plan on featuring Janis alongside Eddie van Halen, the Example Profile of the Week, in the Connection finder on December 2nd. Between now and then 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. A Team member will check on the profile Tuesday and make changes as necessary.

Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann