Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th January!
Happy birthday to Janis Lyn Joplin, who was born on the 19th January 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas!
Janis started singing in the local choir and after graduation from High School in 1960, she attended the University of Texas in Austin. The campus newspaper published an article about the unique girl, who walked barefoot most of the time, with the headline „She Dares to Be Different” and when she was twenty, Joplin moved to San Francisco. There she met the future Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The duo recorded some Blues standards like “Hesitation Blues” and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out“. During this time, Janis Joplin started living a Rock’n’Roll lifestyle. In 1965 she cleaned her mind and returned to her hometown in Texas and started performing as a singer. One year later, she was asked by the band Big Brother and the Holding Company to be the new singer – and Janis joined the group on 4th June 1966. During August of the following year, the debut album “Big Brother and the Holding Company” was released and on the 12th August 1968 the milestone “Cheap Thrills” hit the stores and went No. 1 in the US charts, while the single outtake “Piece of My Heart” reached No. 12. Shortly after that, Janis surprised the band by deciding to start a solo career. Her new backing group was called Kozmic Blues Band. Sadly the outstanding singer replapsed on drugs and alcohol again.
In 1969 Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock festival and one month later the solo debut “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” followed. Janis thought about avoiding drugs again and so she travelled in February 1970 to Brazil, where she became clean. But after her return a few months later, she relapsed again. While working on new songs with producer Paul A. Rothchild (who also worked with The Doors), Janis addicted more and more on drugs and alcohol. During the last recording sessions, she passed away on the 4th October 1970. Janis Joplin died after an accidental heroin overdose at the age of only 27 years. The fantastic results of Joplin’s last recordings were posthumously released on the album “Pearl ” (January 1971). It became the biggest selling album of her career and also the single outtake “Me and Bobby McGee” (a Kris Kristofferson track) went No. 1.
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