Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Rock Singer

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer and musician. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was noted for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and "electric" stage presence.

Full Name
Janis Lyn Joplin
Jan 19, 1943
Oct 4, 1970
5' 7"
Net Worth


Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was the daughter of Seth Joplin and Dorothy (East) Joplin. Janis had two siblings, Michael and Laura. While growing up, Janis attended Thomas Jefferson High School where she began to develop her interest in music. After graduating from high school in 1960, Janis attended Lamar State College of Technology for one year before dropping out and moving to California.

Janis’ music career began when she moved to San Francisco in 1963 and joined an all-female blues band called “The Waller Creek Boys”. After leaving the band a few months later, she started performing as a solo artist at clubs in Marin County and San Francisco. In 1966, Janis formed the psychedelic rock band Big Brother & The Holding Company which would become her most successful musical project. The group released its debut album in 1967 which featured some of Janis’ most famous songs including “Piece Of My Heart” and “Cry Baby”. In 1969, due to creative differences between members of the group, Janis left Big Brother & The Holding Company to pursue a solo career.

In 1970, Janis released her first solo album titled “I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” which featured a number of classic singles such as “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” and “Maybe”. Her 1971 album Pearl was her most successful release during her lifetime and is considered one of the greatest albums ever made by Rolling Stone magazine. Unfortunately, Janis died later that same year due to an accidental overdose of heroin at age 27. 

Janis is remembered as one of the greatest female rock singers of all time who brought a unique blend of blues, soul and rock to the genre with her powerful voice and energetic performances

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1943</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Janis Joplin is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 19, 1943, Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1960s</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Early Music Career Begins</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Begins her music career as a member of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1967</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Big Brother and the Holding Company release their debut album, Cheap Thrills.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joplin releases her first solo album, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1970</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Performs at Woodstock</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Performs at Woodstock Music Festival on August 16, 1970.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1971</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Award Winning Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Pearl becomes Joplin's only album to win a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">Oct 4, 1970</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Janis Joplin Dies</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At the age of 27, Janis Joplin dies from a drug overdose in Los Angeles.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She was a Pioneer for Women in Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Janis Joplin was a pioneer for women in rock music. She paved the way for other female singers and musicians to break through the barriers of gender inequality in the industry. Her powerful songs and passionate performances made her one of the most influential female artists of all time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She Lived Life on Her Own Terms</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Janis Joplin was an independent soul who did not conform to society's expectations. She embraced her unique style and personality and lived life on her own terms. Her boldness, courage, and tenacity were inspiring and she continues to be an inspiration for aspiring artists today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She Was Passionate About Her Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Janis Joplin's passion for music was evident in every performance. She put her heart and soul into every song she sang, making each one a unique and unforgettable experience. Her enthusiasm and energy were contagious and her voice is still remembered today as one of the greatest ever.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Janis Joplin Was the First Female Rock Star</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Janis Joplin was the first female rock star to make it big on the music scene in the 1960s and 70s.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> She Was Born in Port Arthur, Texas</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19th, 1943.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> She Had a Four-Octave Vocal Range</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Janis Joplin had an impressive four-octave vocal range, from low B flat to high C.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> She Toured with the Grateful Dead</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1970, Janis Joplin toured with the Grateful Dead, creating a unique blend of blues, country, rock and soul.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> She Performed at Woodstock</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">On August 17th, 1969, Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock and sang her iconic song "Piece of My Heart".</p></div>


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