Born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1943, Janis Joplin would have turned 70 years old today.
Her teens were hard years, she didn't fit in and increasingly turned to music to soothe her inner turmoil. Moving to California, the San Francisco music scene was much more welcoming.
As a kid, when I first heard Janis sing "Piece of My Heart", her voice and style was something both amazing and unnerving at the same time. If you listened close enough, you knew it wasn't screams coming out, it was pure raw emotion. Janis threw every bit of what she felt into her singing. But even with all her success and talent, her demons eventually won the battle on October 4, 1970.
A couple of my favorites from the Little Girl Blue.
"Summertime" ...the classic song from Porgy and Bess, with an incredible interpretation
"Ball and Chain"...showing every bit of her soul.
"Move Over" ...live and on fire
She didn't look like anyone else, she didn't act like anyone else and she didn't sing like anyone else.
Forever she is known simply as Janis.