Janis Joplin


Janis Joplin was born on this day in 1943.

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelicacid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival; this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles; other popular songs include: “Down on Me“; “Summertime“; “Piece of My Heart“; “Ball ‘n’ Chain“; “Maybe“; “To Love Somebody“; “Kozmic Blues“; “Work Me, Lord“; “Cry Baby“; “Mercedes Benz“; and her only number one hit, “Me and Bobby McGee“.

The Essential Janis Joplin

Joplin was well known for her performing ability and was a multi instrumentalist. Her fans referred to her stage presence as “electric”; at the height of her career, she was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul”. Known as “Pearl” among her friends, she was also a painter, dancer and music arranger. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004,[1] and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

(Thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janis_Joplin for the Janis info.)

To celebrate the occasion of the birth of the fabulous Ms. Joplin, here is some live footage from the Festival Express in 1970. It shows Janis’ flamboyant style of dress, and we get to hear her talk, and more importantly, sing “Tell Mama.” That woman could belt ’em out.



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    • Lynn! That is so awesome. I am really envious. Thank you for sharing. I would love to hear more about the show and your experiences there.

  1. I’m not sure if the video that goes with this post was working yesterday. I think it’s working now. My apologies if anyone had technical difficulties with the video yesterday.

  2. Ha,ha – to tell you that truth, I don’t remember that much really. I was only 14 at the time and my older brother took me with his friends. I really like Janis at that time which is why he took me. I am sure I bugged him to death. It was the biggest show to hit Calgary ever, I think. Every kid in town was there or trying to sneak in.

    I think Jimi Hendrix was there too, if I remember correctly because I did see him too, not sure if that concert or not.

    The good old days, my favorite musician now is a Canadian named
    Loreena McKennitt. Check her out if you get a chance.

    But to be honest, I think there are musicians that I like a lot more now

    • Hi Lynn, and thanks for telling about your experience with the Festival Express.

      I just did a quick Google search, and the Festival Express Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_Express) gives no indication that Jimmi Hendrix played at any point on the tour. But what a lucky gal you are to have seen him play somewhere! And what a nice big brother you had to take you with him to see Janis.

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your comments.

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