Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943 – Oct. 4, 1970)

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Janis Joplin was a wailing banshee of a blues singer from Port Arthur, Texas. She died of an overdose 41 years ago today in a motel in Los Angeles. She is one of the members of the so-called “27 Club”, and her overdose happened sixteen days after Jimi Hendrix left this world. Her voice was intense and unique, and I would like to think it would still sound that way if she were alive today. Her biggest hit was “Me and Bobby McGee”, a song written by Kris Kristofferson which was only released after her death. At that point, the only other artist who had scored a US number one from beyond the grave was Otis Redding. One of the coolest things about her is that she actually left money in her will to throw a wake party, so her friends and family could celebrate her life.  So in the spirit of Joplin, have a drink and listen to this.

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