Janis Joplin


Janis is born

January 19, 1943

In Port Arthur, Texas

First Performance

June 10, 1966

Janis Joplin's first performance with Big Brother & The Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom.

Performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival

June 27, 1967

The Start of their East Coast Tour

February 17, 1968

East Coast Tour started in Anderson Theater, New York. Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company begin an East Coast tour of the U.S. prior to recording their album "Cheap Thrills."

Janis Performs at the Wake for Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 7, 1968

Janis Joplin performs with Big Brother & the Holding Company at the "Wake for Martin Luther King, Jr." concert in New York with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Paul Butterfield, and Elvin Bishop.

Release of "Cheap Thrills"

August 12, 1968

Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company release "Cheap Thrills" on CBS/Columbia Records.

Janis Departs

September 1968

In a meeting at New York's Chelsea Hotel, Janis Joplin announces she's leaving Big Brother & the Holding Company.

"Piece of My Heart" Hits the Charts

September 29, 1968

"Piece of My Heart," the lone Top Forty hit by Big Brother and the Holding Company, enters the charts. It reaches #12.

Cheap Thrills Charts

October, 1968

Cheap Thrills reaches #1 on the Billboard charts and stayed #1 for 8 nonconsecutive weeks. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies.

Last Live Performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company

December 7, 1968

Janis Joplin performs for the last time as a member of Big Brother & the Holding Company. Two weeks later, she debuts her new group, the Kozmic Blues Band

Created the Kozmic Blues Band

March 20, 1969

Janis Joplin and her new Kozmic Blues Band open at Winterland.

Live in Europe, and on Tour

April 4, 1969 - April 30, 1969

Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band embark on a European tour with dates in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Paris.

Dick Cavett Show

July 18, 1969

Janis Joplin appears for the first time on the Dick Cavett Show. She becomes a celebrated guest and returns twice more in 1970.

First Solo Album Released

September 18, 1969

Janis Joplin's first solo album, "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again (Mama)", is released.


November 15, 1969

Janis Joplin is arrested in Tampa, Florida for using vulgar and indecent language at her concert. Joplin is released on bond, and the charges are eventually dropped.

End of the Kozmic Blues


Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band part ways. Janis forms the Full-Tilt Boogie Band.

Last Public Performance

August 12, 1970

Janis Joplin's last public performance takes place at Harvard Stadium, Boston with the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Recording, Again

October 3, 1970

Janis Joplin visits Sunset Studios to listen to the instrumental track for the song "Buried Alive in the Blues" prior to recording her vocal track, which is scheduled for the next day. Janis Joplin is scheduled to return to Sunset Studios to record vocals on "Buried Alive in the Blues". One verse reads: "All caught up in a landslide / Bad luck pressing in from all sides / Just got knocked off my easy ride / Buried alive in the blues." Her last time in the studios before she died.

Heroin Overdose

October 4, 1970

Janis Joplin is found dead of a drug overdose at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles at the age of 27 by her road manager John Cooke.


January 11, 1971

Four months after her death, Janis Joplin's last studio recordings are released as the posthumous album "Pearl". Featuring "Me and Bobby McGee" "Mercedes Benz" and "Get It While You Can", the album stays at the top of the charts for nine weeks.

Pearl Hits #1

February 27, 1971

"Pearl", the album that Janis Joplin was making at the time of her death, hits #1 on the album charts.

"Me and Bobby McGee" Hits #1

March 14, 1971

"Me and Bobby McGee" becomes a #1 single in the US. It tops Billboard's pop singles chart for two weeks.

Greatest Hits Album

July 14, 1973

"Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits" enters the album charts. It will peak at #22 and sell more than 2 million copies.

"Janis: The Way She Was"


The documentary Janis:The Way She Was is released in theaters.

Hall of Fame

January 12, 1995

Janis Joplin is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tenth annual induction dinner. Melissa Etheridge is her presenter.

Lifetime Achievement Grammy


Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

World Events

Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941

D-Day Invasion

May 23, 1944

Nazi Concentration Camps are Exposed

May 22, 1945

U.S.A Drops Atomic Bomb on Japan

September 22, 1945

Effective Polio Vaccine invented

May 23, 1953

School Segregation Abholished

May 22, 1954

Space Race Begins

October 4, 1957

President Kennedy is Assassinated

Nov 22, 1963

Congress Outlaws Segregation

Jul 2 1964

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

April 4, 1968

Neil Armstrong is First to Walk the Moon

July 20, 1969

Berlin Wall is Taken Down

November 10,1989

U.S.S.R. Dissolves

Dec 26, 1991