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Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin

Profession: Singer-Songwriter

United States of America

Biography: 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)
  • 1966-06-10 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig with Big Brother & The Holding Company, at Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California
  • 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
  • 1969-08-16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane
  • 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
  • 1970-06-27 Festival Express opens in Toronto, Canada - The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Flying Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends cross Canada together by train, for 5 shows in 3 cities
  • 1970-08-06 "Festival for Peace" concert held at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers included Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"
  • 1995-01-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman