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Janis Lyn Joplin (/ˈdʒɒplɪn/; January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic/acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, the Kozmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Her first large-scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival. Increased fame from the Monterey Pop Festival led to an invitation to perform at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles; popular songs include: "Down on Me," "Summertime," "Piece of My Heart," "Ball 'n' Chain," "Maybe," "To Love Somebody," "Kozmic Blues," "Work Me, Lord," "Cry Baby," "Mercedes Benz," and her only number one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee."

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