Today in Music History
In 1970, rock vocalist Janis Joplin died of an accidental heroin overdose at a hotel in Hollywood. She was 27. Her appearance with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival stopped the show, and Joplin soon overshadowed the band. In late 1968, she and Big Brother parted company. Drug and alcohol problems prevented Joplin from reaching her potential, and it was only after her death that a record of hers reached the top of the charts. Me and Bobby McGee, from the album Pearl, was a No. 1 record in 1971.