Saturday, October 4, 2008
Blues/rock singer Janis Joplin, known for her intense performance style, passed away 38 years ago today.
Janis was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America. She attended Lamar State College and the University of Texas, where a fraternity voted her the ugliest man on campus in 1963. She dropped out and spent two years traveling, performing and becoming drug addicted. In 1966, she became the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company.
She would later become one of the most influential musicians in American music history.
On October 4, 1970, she was found dead in her room at the Hollywood, California Landmark Motor Hotel, from an apparent heroin-alcohol overdose.
Joplin left behind her quite a legacy.
(Unfortunately, a part of that legacy was to inspire talentless, drunken karaoke girls everywhere to "get their song on".)
The Grateful Dead's "Bird Song" was a tribute to Janis.
The video which I chose to pay my own tribute, today is a cover of a Gershwin composition.It's a favorite of mine.Pearl sings with such unbridled emotion... and ya gotta love the introduction by Maxwell Smart!
(click photo of the lady in red)