Joplin Janis 1943 - 1970 (27)

Every night I make love to 25,000 people on stage, but then I go home alone.


Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970), was an American rock and blues singer and songwriter. She was born in Texas and from her teenage years she showed a rebellious mood. She spent difficult school years as she stood out from her classmates and as a result she was isolated and the target of comments and ridicule. She started studying painting but quickly changed direction influenced by the great female blues singers. At the age of 17, she decided to leave her home in order to pursue a career in singing. She occasionally sang in towns in Texas and made her first recording at a friend's house before moving to California in 1963. After a triumphant appearance at the Monterey festival (June 17, 1967) she released her first album entitled "Big Brother and the Holding Company", with a more successful cover of a traditional American song, "Down on Me". The following year she released 'Cheap Thrills', an apotheosis of psychedelic soul, featuring her classics ('Piece Of My Heart', 'Summertime', 'Ball And Chain' and more).

In 1968 she started singing with the group "Kozmic Blues Band" with whomn she appeared at the Woodstock festival (August 16, 1969) and recorded the album "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!" (1969), which contained the hits "Try Just A Little Bit Harder", "Kozmic Blues" and "To Love Somebody".

Meanwhile, Japlin, who drank heavily throughout her adult life, had also skyrocketed her drug use, and was forced to stop singing to detox. Shortly after her return from rehab, and while recordings were underway for an album with her new band 'Full Tilt Boogie Band', Janis Joplin was found dead on October 4, 1970, of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room. The album was eventually released posthumously under the title 'Pearl' and for many it was her best work with hits such as 'My Baby', 'Cry Baby', 'Get It While You Can' 'Me And Bobby McGee ».