To­day in Mu­sic His­tory

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

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.

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