Considered the premier female blues vocalist of the 60’s, Janis Joplin’s raw, uninhibited singing style was considered one of the biggest female stars of her lifetime. She was a very unique artist. She is including in the “27” category, which consist of a number of very talented musicians who all passed away at the age of 27. Widely regarded as one of the greatest performers, she was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction. The 1960’s was a very free spirited, anything goes time. This definitely played a big part in Janice Joplin’s success as well as her demise.

Joplin rose to fame in 1967, she was the lead singer of the band ” Big Brother and the Holding Company,” she recorded two albums with this band. After leaving this band, she proceeded to try her luck as a solo artist. Well her decision to do so paid off , she went on to perform at “Woodstock” and the “The Festival Express” train tour. Along with her own backing groups ,she went on to become widely known and admired for her ability to entrance her audience with her electric stage presence.

She was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1995. To this day she still is among the top selling musicians in the United states. One of her biggest hit “Piece of My Heart” is personally one of my all favorites as far as classic rock goes. Her stage presence , her ability to convey her soul  through music, these things set her apart from the rest.

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