Janis Joplin first rose to fame as a singer, as well as songwriter, during the late 1960s. She started out as the lead singer for a psychedelic acid rock type band called Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was also known by the name of Pearl too. This was a name that her friends knew her by best. She is truly one of the rock legend greats and this is because she had a unique style of singing that was distinctly all her own. Joplin was known for her awesome performing abilities and her legion of faithful fans described her stage presence as being pure electric.
The influence to sing was something that she had from very young and it is what propelled her to join a local choir during her teenage years. She was also strongly influenced to sing even more when she encountered a group of outcasts, one of whom did have some African-American albums, and these albums were from blues artists such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Lead Belly.
These albums, as well as artists, who were the ones that Joplin did credit with making her want to become a singer. Joplin was someone who dared to be different from young, and because of this fact, as well as the fact that she was hefty and had pimples. She was always being shunned at her high school by the other students who called her bad names such as pig, a freak, or a creep.
Janis was indeed very different, but usually this difference indicates something special, and her specialty was for music. In the early years before her music career began, she's be seen walking about barefooted and toting her autoharp just so she could sing whenever she wanted. Her very first song ever recorded on tape was in 1962 and it was called “What Good Can Drinkin' Do”.
She joined the band Big Brother in 1966 after attracting their attention with her one of a kind vocal style that was very bluesy in description. Joplin would go on to record a number of albums with Big Brother, and one of the albums in particular called Cheap Thrills, not only stood on the Billboard 200 album charts as Number One for eight weeks. It was also an album that became gold and sold more than a million copies in just the first month alone. Joplin would eventually break ties with Big Brother and go on to form her own solo career from 1969 to 1970. She also formed a whole new backup group called the Kozmic Blues Band.
The rest of Janis Joplin's career is something that produced another gold record for her new band. Her four year solo career also did contain five singles, as well as popular songs, which did make the charts. Some of these songs do include Down on Me, Summertime, Piece of My Heart, and Cry Baby. She also had one song that was her only number one hit and it was Me and Bobby McGee.
During the height of her career, Janis was hailed as being “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and Rolling Stone called Joplin number 46 on their list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2004. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Joplin died tragically from a drug overdose of heroin in 1970.