Janis Joplin: American rock pearl
It definitely was tough understanding what she wanted from life but we all certainly know what she loved and that was cheering up her fans with her enchantingly unique voice. If we cautiously think about a female rock n' roll star, the first person who would pop up in our mind is no one else but the American Pearl, Janis Joplin. It has almost been half a decade since this legendary rock musician closed her eyes for the last time. In 1970's fall on 4th October she had passed away leaving a solemn mourning day for her fans.
She started her trek of soul and blues in the year 1962 with a groundbreaking track titled "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" which was unfortunately overlooked by most of the music lovers of the region Janis lived. She had given her heart and soul and recorded the track at a friend's house who was a student of University of Texas. It undoubtedly was dismay for her but on the bright side, it was the reason she had shone in such a swift and gradual manner. She was very close to the zone of popular musicians during 1962 but couldn't reach it.
It was 1966 when Janis Joplin had joined the band Big Brother. She also sang for various different bands, but predominantly people knew her as the lead vocalist of the blues-rock wonder Big Brother. After the release of Cheap Thrills in 1968, there was no one on this sphere left who hadn't listened to her unique voice. "Turtle Blues", from the album Cheap Thrills is still one of the most remembered soul-blues tracks and it was written by no one else but Janis Joplin -- the pearl of American Rock. Other than, Turtle Blues, songs like "I Need a Man to Love" and "Piece of My Heart" are huge hits too.
The melophiles of that era knew that there was something different about Janis Joplin which hauled most of the melophiles to go insane for her. It definitely not was her voice only but her distinctive way of writing songs and obviously the eccentric and friendly personality. She loved her fans and has a very short minor list of scandals which no one ever paid attention to. Janis definitely was the fan's favourite member of the band Big Brother after the release of Cheap Thrills.
Just after the album was released, she quit the band and joined another band named Kozmic Blues Band. Her experience with Kozminc Blues Band did not go according to the expectation and it definitely was a downfall for her reputation. She also tried out Full Tilt Boogie Band in 1970. The experience with that band was going pretty well, but unfortunately good things end fast.
Janis Joplin had died in the year 1970 while they were planning on producing future albums and continuing with that band. However, she definitely was not a band person in my opinion; she was a band herself.
She wrote songs like "Cry Baby", "Marcedez Benz" and more for her solo album "Pearl". "Cry Baby" is still one of the most admired songs and we see plenty of new musicians making new renditions of this song. On the other hand, "More Over' is another heart touching track, indeed it was one of the last songs her fans have heard her sing.
Janis Joplin has influenced and inspired thousands of musicians around this world. Pink, also known as Alecia Beth Moore has also stated that Janis Joplin is one of her biggest influences and it was Janis who aided her to start such a journey.
Good people don't leave long lives; they live a life worth living. The American pearl died at the age of 27 only. She changed the history of Rock N' Roll and Soul Music in less than a decade. Losing her is not any less than losing the Lizard King Jim Morrison or Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
Being a girl, it was tough making music at that time, it definitely was rare. It is heartbreaking because we are not going to witness another Janis Joplin. Her uniqueness in voice, the talent of enchanting fans and eccentric acts will always be missed.
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
- Janis Joplin
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