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Good News in History, January 19

On this day 75 years ago, rock and blues singer–songwriter Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She was one of the biggest female...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, January 19

On this day 75 years ago, rock and blues singer–songwriter Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She was one of the biggest female rock stars of the psychedelic 60s, with five of her singles reaching the Billboard Hot 100, including her #1 hit cover of the song “Me and Bobby McGee”, and an original composition “Mercedes Benz”, her final recording. After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose, joining Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse as rock performers who died at age 27. Her fourth LP, Pearl, released three months after her death, reached number one on the U.S. album charts. (1943)