Janis Joplin

On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin died aged 27. She was singer, songwriter, arranger, painter and dancer, started the career in the late 60s as the lead singer of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing bands The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her successful performance at the “Monterey Pop Festival”; brought her talent to a wider audience, but she became worldwide popular after the performance on “Woodstock Festival.Her extraordinary voice possibilities and electric live performances brought her nick names “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and “Pearl”. In 2004, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and in 2008, number 28 on the list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. In 1995, Joplin was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. In her short career she sold more than 15 million albums in USA only and left a legacy of songs that includes: “Piece of My Heart”; “Ball ‘n’ Chain”; “Maybe”; “To Love Somebody”; “Kozmic Blues”; “Work Me, Lord”; “Cry Baby”; “Mercedes Benz”; “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Down on Me” and “Summertime”.

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