Personalities | Janis Joplin | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1943–70)

Influenced by Bessie Smith, Joplin became a rock star while in San Francisco’s Big Brother & the Holding Company, and enjoyed a meteoric solo career before her untimely death from a heroin overdose in Los Angeles. Nonetheless, she was perhaps the most commanding female blues singer of the modern era. Joplin’s raw emotional expression and fiery presence overruled complaints about her straying intonation both in concert and on albums like Big Brother’s Cheap Thrills (1968) and the posthumous Pearl (1971).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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