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