Janis Joplin Posthumously Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Janis Joplin's siblings Laura and Michael accepted the Walk of Fame Star. Photos By Gary McCarthy

Janis Joplin’s siblings Laura and Michael accepted the Walk of Fame Star.
Photos By Gary McCarthy

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Singer Janis Joplin posthumously received the 2,510th
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, with her friend Kris Kristofferson
performing a special acoustic version of “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Joplin’s siblings,

, accepted the star in front
of the Musicians Institute on behalf of their sister, who was found dead of a
heroin overdose in a motor hotel on Franklin Avenue on Oct. 4, 1970, at the age
of 27.
Joplin has been called “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer
of her generation” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
1995.
Born Jan. 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin was a self-described
misfit when she attended the city’s Thomas Jefferson High School, dabbled in
folk music with her friends and painted. She had a history class with the
future football coach Jimmy Johnson.
After graduating from high school in 1960, Joplin attended the
University of Texas, but dropped out, moving to San Francisco in 1963.
Joplin returned to Texas in 1965 to study sociology at what is now known
as Lamar University and performed in Austin.
Joplin joined the San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band Big Brother
and the Holding Company in 1966. Joplin gave a memorable performance at the
Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, the year the group’s first studio album was
released by Mainstream Records.
The group’s first major studio album, “Cheap Thrills” was released by
Columbia Records in summer of 1968 and topped the Billboard pop albums chart
for eight weeks. It included Joplin singing “Ball And Chain,” “Piece of My
Heart” and “Summertime.”
Joplin left Big Brother and the Holding Company in December 1968. Her
first solo album, “I’ve Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!,” was released
in 1969 and achieved gold album status. She also performed at Woodstock in
1969.
Joplin’s final album “Pearl” included the top-40 hits “Me and Bobby
McGee,” written by Kristofferson, and “Mercedes Benz,” which she completed
three days before she was found dead.
“Pearl” was Joplin’s best-selling album, spending nine weeks atop the
Billboard 200 and certified as quadruple platinum by the trade organization the
Recording Industry Association of America.

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