Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer and musician who was born on January 19, 1943 and died on October 4, 1970. She was one of the most popular and successful rock stars of her time, and she was known for her strong mezzo-soprano voice and “electric” stage presence.
In 1967, Joplin became famous after her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, played at the Monterey Pop Festival. At the time, Big Brother and the Holding Company was a band from San Francisco that not many people knew about.
After putting out two albums with Big Brother, she left to be a solo artist with her own bands, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band.
How Old Was Janis Joplin When She Died?
On October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin was only 27 years old when she was thought to have died of an overdose. However, some people who knew her thought that something else happened.
At least, that’s what the official report from the coroner said about Janis Joplin’s death. The rock and roll legend was found in her Hollywood hotel room on October 4, 1970. She had her cigarettes in one hand and money in the other. She had turned 27.
Joplin was one of the most talented singers and songwriters of the 1960s, but she also had serious problems with drugs. In her autobiography, I Ran Into Some Trouble, her friend Peggy Caserta wrote that when they were both in their 20s, they often used the same batch of heroin.
How Was Janis Joplin Die?
On Sunday night, October 4, 1970, Joplin’s road manager and close friend John Byrne Cooke found her dead on the floor of her room at the Landmark Motor Hotel. There was liquor in the room. The newspapers said that no other drugs or drug-related items were found.
A book written by Joseph Dimona and Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi in 1983 says that a friend of Joplin took drugs from the scene of her death and then put them back after realizing that an autopsy would show that Joplin had drugs in her system.
Take a Look At Janis Joplin Early Life!
Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas. Her parents were Dorothy Bonita East, who worked as a registrar at a business college, and Seth Ward Joplin, who was an engineer at Texaco. Laura and Michael were her younger sisters and brothers. The family went to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) church, which was the First Christian Church of Port Arthur.
Janis’s parents thought she needed more attention than their other kids. As a teenager, Joplin became friends with a group of people who didn’t fit in. One of them had blues albums by Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Lead Belly, which Joplin later said made her want to be a singer.
How Janis Joplin Started His Career?
Joplin had a rebellious attitude and styled herself after her favorite female blues singers and the Beat poets. In December 1962, she recorded her first song, “What Good Can Drinkin‘ Do,” at the home of a fellow University of Texas student.
In January 1963, she and her friend Chet Helms hitchhiked from Texas to North Beach in San Francisco. Still in San Francisco in 1964, Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen, who later joined Jefferson Airplane, recorded a number of blues standards. Kaukonen’s wife Margareta was using a typewriter in the background of one of these recordings.
This session had seven songs: “Typewriter Talk,” “Trouble in Mind,” “Kansas City Blues,” “Hesitation Blues,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,” and “Long Black Train Blues.” The Typewriter Tape, a bootleg album, was released long after Joplin’s death.