Janis Joplin Finally Gets Her Due in Hollywood
By Neal Broverman
Janis Joplin, a singer of heart-stopping intensity whose legend remains as bright as it was in the late '60s, was finally honored for her contributions to culture and music with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joplin's star is located in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. At the star ceremony on Monday, Janis's siblings, Michael and Laura, were in attendance, as well as her her former label boss Clive Davis, and Joplin's friend Kris Kristofferson, who performed Joplin's #1 hit "Me and Bobby McGee" at the ceremony.
Joplin, who would have been 70 this year, was born in conservative Port Arthur, Tex. Her love of blues and one of a kind voice and stage presence propelled her to super-stardom in the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s. After leaving the successful Holding Company, Joplin struck out on her own. Her most famous songs include "Piece of My Heart," Get it While You Can," and "Cry Baby." Joplin, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2005, died of a drug overdose in October 1970 in Los Angeles.
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