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TODAY marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin, who I believe was and still is the greatest female rock singer of all time.

Born on 19 January 1943 in Port Arthur (Texas), she joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966, before joining the Kozmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Unfortunately, Janis was in with the wrong crowd during her all too short career. She died of a Heroin overdose in the Landmark Motor Hotel (now the Highland Gardens Hotel) in Los Angeles (California). The Full Tilt Boogie manager, John Cooke, believed that the heroin she took that night 40 years ago was more potent than her norm, and several of her dealer’s other customers died of overdoses the same week. But this still doesn’t mean she was right.

Janis was just 27 years-old when she died, and joined Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) and Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club. These three would soon be joined in the club by Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Kurt Cobain (Nirvana).

Rest in Peace Janis.

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