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Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin

Profession: Singer-Songwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: Rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Later Joplin performed as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band.

She was also one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival.

Born: January 19, 1943
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: October 4, 1970 (aged 27)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose

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Historical Events

  • 1966-06-10 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco)
  • 1966-06-11 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)
  • 1967-06-18 Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The WHO and Otis Redding
  • 1968-09-28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"
  • 1969-07-04 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin
  • 1969-11-15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida
  • 1970-06-12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky