Janis Joplin

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Janis Joplin’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Janis Joplin

Place Of Birth

Port Arthur, USA


79 years old

Birth Date

January 19, 1943

Star Sign

Janis Joplin Facts

Child Star?



Singer, Songwriter

Education & Qualifications

The University of Texas at Austin

Net Worth

$2 million


Dorothy Bonita East, Seth Ward Joplin


Laura Joplin, Michael Joplin



Chinese Year

Year of the Sheep

About Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was a well-known songwriter and singer from America.

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, and she died on October 4, 1970. Janis Joplin's strong mezzo-soprano voice and electric musical talent made her among the most accomplished and well-known female rock artists of her day and arguably, of the history of the music industry.

The birthplace of Janis Joplin was Port Arthur, Texas, United States, and she passed away in Los Angeles, California, United States. Janis Joplin was the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards and released music under the genres of psychedelic rock, soul, blues, and blues-rock. Janis Joplin was known for playing an acoustic guitar and for her exceptional vocals.

'What Good Can Drinkin' Do?' was the first song recorded by Janis Joplin in 1962. Janis Joplin sprang to stardom in 1967, after performing as the main vocalist of the then-unknown psychedelic rock band of San Francisco, Big Brother and the Holding Company, at the famous Monterey Pop Festival. Janis Joplin departed Big Brother after releasing two albums with the band, to pursue a solo career through her supporting groups, the Kozmic Blues Band and afterward, the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Janis Joplin was a part of the Festival Express rail journey and Woodstock Festival. Janis Joplin had five singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, one of which was a version of Kris Kristofferson's, 'Me and Bobby McGee', which hit the number one position in March 1971. Covering songs of 'Cry Baby', 'Piece of My Heart', 'Down on Me', 'Summertime', 'Ball and Chain', and her original hit, 'Mercedes Benz', her last performance, are among her most popular tracks.

After recording three albums, Janis Joplin passed away at the young age of 27, in 1970, after many troubling years of abusing drugs. Two of the three albums she released in her life were with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the other was her solo album. A second solo album was released three months after her death, named 'Pearl'. Released in January 1971, the album made it to the top position on the Billboard charts.

In 1995, Janis Joplin was elected into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously. Janis Joplin was voted number 46 on the list of 'Rolling Stones' 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and ranked number 28 on the list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008. Janis Joplin is still one of the best-selling performers in the United States, with 18.5 million records certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Janis Joplin Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Janis Joplin's net worth?

Janis Joplin was one of the most popular and well-known singers from America. Janis Joplin was listed among the wealthiest singers of her era and was prominent with the popular band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. The net worth of this famous singer from Texas was expected to be around $2 million. The primary source of her income was through her singing career and working along with popular bands such as Waller Creek Boys.

How much did Janis Joplin earn per year?

The annual income of Janis Joplin is unknown. Janis Joplin was an American soul, rock, and blues musician who died in 1970. It is estimated that, at that time, she would have been earning around $250,000 per year, which now equates to over $1.5 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Janis Joplin?

The height of Janis Joplin, the famous singer from Texas, United States, was 5 ft 4 in (165 cm).

How old is Janis Joplin?

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, and passed away on October 4, 1970. Janis Joplin was 27 years old when she passed away. She had allegedly had a number of unhappy years prior to her death and was known to regularly use illicit substances.

Childhood And Education

Janis Joplin was born to parents, Dorothy Bonita East and Seth Ward Joplin, on January 19, 1943. The birthplace of Janis Joplin was Port Arthur, Texas, United States.

The mother of Janis Joplin, Dorothy Bonita East, worked as a registrar in a business college, while her father, Seth Ward Joplin was an engineer at Texaco. The mother of Janis Joplin lived from 1913 to 1998, while her father lived from 1910 to 1987. Janis Joplin had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura.

The family of Janis Joplin was from a Christian background and was often part of the First Christian Church, situated in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. The church was firmly under the association of the Disciples of Christ. Joplin's parents were very protective of her and felt quite attentive toward her. As a teenager, Joplin loved singing and decided she would pursue it as her career.

She came in touch with other singers, such as Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Ma Rainey, who were also blues singers. This made Janis Joplin more affirmed to become a singer. She became more focused on folk and blues music while studying at Thomas Jefferson High School. While she attended this high school, NFL coach Jimmy Johnson also attended the school.

Janis Joplin completed high school in 1960 and then attended the Lamar State College of Technology situated in Beaumont, Texas, and then the University of Texas in Austin; however, she never finished her education. Janis Joplin played with Waller Creek Boys, a folk duo, at the University of Texas. She regularly interacted with the team of the faculty satirical magazine, 'The Texas Ranger'.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Janis Joplin dating?

Janis Joplin was quite open about her relationships and was in a relationship with many men until her demise.

Janis Joplin was such a big rockstar, it's no wonder that she dated many people. Ex-boyfriends of Janis Joplin predominantly include other artists, although she did also date a few novelists, photographers, and even a well-known football player. Another notable Janis Joplin suitor was Kris Kristofferson. In 1969, the two began dating.

Eric Clapton, Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrix are all said to have had romantic experiences with Janis Joplin. Robert Plant, the front-man of Led Zeppelin, and Janis Joplin were said to have been dating for four months until Janis Joplin passed away at 27. Janis Joplin also had relationships with Stephen Stills, Peter Tork, James Gurley, Fred Smith, and Francesco Scavullo.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Janis Joplin was best-known as a singer and songwriter from America. The most famous and popular songs of Janis Joplin are 'Down on Me', 'Kozmic Blues', 'Cry Baby', 'Move Over', and 'Me and Bobby McGee', all from the album 'Pearl', released in 1971; and 'Ball and Chain', 'Summertime', and 'Piece of My Heart', from the album 'Cheap Thrills', released in 1968. She has worked with famous bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Company and Waller Creek Boys.

Big Brother's huge success, 'Cheap Thrills', released in 1968, also had the contribution of Janis Joplin. Big Brother and Holding Company was a famous band from San Francisco, California. Joplin also worked alongside her own supporting bands, such as The Full Tilt Boogie Band and The Kozmic Blues Band. The band from San Francisco performed their last show with Janis Joplin at the Fillmore West gig.

What awards did Janis Joplin win?

Janis Joplin was the recipient of Grammy Awards. Janis Joplin was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Hall of Fame.

Janis Joplin was honored in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Janis Joplin was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In November 2009, she was recognized as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's annual American Music Masters Series. All of which were honored to her posthumously.

Other Interesting Janis Joplin Facts And Trivia

  • The Janis Joplin Commemoration was erected in Port Arthur, Texas, on what would have been Joplin's 45th birthday, in 1988, including an original artwork depicting Janis Joplin by artist, Douglas Clark.
  • 'The Rose', released in 1979, was a film primarily inspired by the life of Janis Joplin. The film was formerly named 'Pearl', Joplin's nickname, and the name of her final album, but it was changed to 'Rose' when her family refused to give the filmmakers the license to her narrative.
  • During her shortlived career, Joplin released three albums, followed by a fourth, released after her death.
  • Joplin's remains were dispersed into the Pacific Ocean from a jet at Pierce Brothers Westwood Town Memorial Park and Crematory in Los Angeles.
  • After quitting Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1968, Joplin released 'I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!' in 1969, her first solo album. 'To Love Somebody', a track composed and sung by the Bee Gees, is featured on the album.
  • She is touted to be one of the greatest female rock stars of all time despite her unfortunate demise.

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