Janis Joplin in the 1960s went from a completely unknown drifter to rock-and-roll legend in a span of a few years.
She was compared by many to second only to Bob Dylan in importance to the icon she represented to her generation.
She started her career with a local group, Big Brother and the Holding Company, in 1966, but her true fame began with her performance of “Ball and Chain” at the Monterey International Pop Festival.
Flash forward to 1968, and with the album Cheap Thrills, Joplin was ready to begin her solo career.
With her passion and iconic performing style, she quickly became more than a singer and propelled herself into the heights of the stars.
However, as she reached the peak of her fame, her fast-paced lifestyle eventually caught up to her.
10 Loving Janis Joplin
The man lucky enough to have won the heart of Janice Joplin was none other than Seth Morgan. They met while she recorded her album and were engaged to marry by early September of 1970.
Together they made a home at Larkspur, Joplin’s new primary residence. However, their love story was not meant to be one for the long run with her tragic death.
9 Her Last Night On Earth
Joplin and Ken Pearson left the studio and headed to a West Hollywood landmark for a few drinks. After midnight, she drove Pearson and a male fan back to the Landmark.
When Joplin and Pearson parted ways in the lobby, he was the second to last person to see her alive.
The previous was the Landmark’s night shift desk clerk, who had met her several times but did not know who she was.