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Janis Joplin


1943

Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.

1966

The Trips Festival, a multimedia event featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company, is held at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco.

1966

Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Jefferson Airplane headline the First Annual Tribal Stomp at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.

1966

Janis Joplin debuts with Big Brother and the Holding Company at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, where they become the house band.

1967

Big Brother and the Holding Company perform a show-stopping set on the second day of the Monterey International Pop Festival. Vocalist Janis Joplin becomes an overnight sensation.

1967

The self-titled debut album by Big Brother and the Holding Company is released on Mainstream Records. It reaches #60.

1968

‘Cheap Thrills,’ by Big Brother and the Holding Company, is released on Columbia Records. It tops the chart for seven weeks.

1968

“Piece of My Heart,” the lone Top Forty hit by Big Brother and the Holding Company, enters the charts. It reaches #12.

1968

Janis Joplin performs for the last time as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Two weeks later, she debuts her new group, the Kozmic Blues Band.

1969

Janis Joplin performs at Woodstock

1969

Janis Joplin’s first solo album, ‘I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again (Mama),’ is released.

1970

Janis Joplin debuts a new band, Full-Tilt Boogie, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

1970

Janis Joplin provides a headstone for the grave of Bessie Smith, her primary influence, who is buried in Philadelphia’s Mount Lawn cemetery.

1970

Janis Joplin is found dead in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood, California. The official cause is accidental heroin overdose.

1971

‘Pearl,’ the album that Janis Joplin was making at the time of her death, hits #1 on the album charts, where it will stay for nine weeks.

1971

“Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin’s only Top Forty hit, reaches #1. It tops Billboard’s pop singles chart for two weeks.

1973

‘Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits’ enters the album charts. It will peak at #22 and sell more than 2 million copies.

1979

‘The Rose,’ a hit film loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin, premieres in Los Angeles. Bette Midler stars in the lead role.

1995

Janis Joplin is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tenth annual induction dinner. Melissa Etheridge is her presenter.

2001

‘Love, Janis,’ a musical play based on actual letters sent to family members by Janis Joplin, opens off-Broadway at New York’s Village Theater.

Janis Joplin