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 psychedelic–acid 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“.
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, 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.