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TIMELINE

  • Janis JoplinJanis was born on January 19, 1943 in Texas. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School where she was often taunted for her appearance and out-spoken views on racial equality. Janis enrolled in Lamar State College of Technology before enrolling at the University of Texas to study art - it was here she began playing bluegrass music gigs and dropping out of college by the end of 1962. By the mid-1960's, Janis had moved to California to record her music and was heavily involved in drug use resulting her return to Texas. Janis was coaxed back to California in 1966 with the opportunity to be the new lead singer of the 'Big Brother & The Holding Company'.

1966...

  • Big Brother & The Holding Company - "Down On Me" (Single)June 10: Janis performed for the first time with Big Brother & The Holding Company. The group went on to perform large venues and festivals sharing the bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Jaywalkers, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Grateful Dead.

1967...

1968...

  • September: Janis announced she was leaving Big Brother & The Holding Company.
  • October: Big Brother & The Holding Company hit the Billboard Top 20 with "Piece Of My Heart."
  • October 15: Cheap Thrills was certified gold.
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart" (Single)October 12: Big Brother & The Holding Company topped the Billboard Top LPs chart for 8 weeks with Cheap Thrills.
  • December 7: Janis performed for the last time as a member of Big Brother & The Holding Company.

1969...

  • Janis Joplin - "Kozmic Blues" (Single)March 20: Janis and her new group the 'Kozmic Blues Band' performed in San Francisco.
  • May 26: Janis could be seen on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
  • August 17: Janis made her legendary performance at Woodstock.

1970...

  • Janis Joplin - "Cry Baby" (Single)January: Janis formed the 'Full-Tilt Boogie Band' after ending her union with the Kozmic Blues Band.
  • April 4: Janis performed the first of two reunion concerts with Big Brother & The Holding Company at Fillmore West.
  • Janis Joplin - "Down On Me" (live) (Single)August 12: Janis performed for the last time in public at Harvard Stadium in Boston.
  • October 4: Janis died at the age of 27 in Los Angeles of a heroin and alcohol overdose.

1971...

  • March 20: Janis topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 2 weeks with "Me And Bobby McGee" (written by Kris Kristofferson).

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Janis Joplin - 'In Concert' Janis Ian - 'Janis' / 'Early Performances' Janis Joplin - 'Anthology' Big Brother & The Holding Company - 'Live At Winterland 68' Janis Joplin - 'Super Hits' Big Brother & The Holding Company - 'Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968'

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LP DISCOGRAPHY

Big Brother And The Holding Company - 'Big Brother And The Holding Company'
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Big Brother & The Holding Company:
Big Brother And The Holding Company

Released: August, 1967
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 60
Tracks: "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Easy Rider" - "Intruder" - "Light Is Faster Than Sound" - "Call On Me" - "Coo Coo" - "Women Is Losers" - "Blindman" - "Down On Me" - "Caterpillar" - "All Is Loneliness" - "The Last Time"

Big Brother And The Holding Company - 'Cheap Thrills'
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Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills

Released: August 12, 1968
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 8 weeks)
Tracks: "Combination Of The Two" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Summertime" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Turtle Blues" - "Oh Sweet Mary" - "Ball And Chain" - "Raodblock" - "Flower In The Sun" - "Catch Me Daddy" (live) - "Magic Of Love" (live)

Janis Joplin - 'I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!'
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I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!

Released: September 11, 1969
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 5
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Try (Just I Little Bit Harder)" - "Maybe" - "One Good Man" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "To Love Somebody" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Work Me, Lord"

Janis Joplin - 'Pearl'
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Pearl

Released: January 11, 1971
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 9 weeks)
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 122
Rolling Stone: '50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums': # 7
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Move Over" - "Cry Baby" - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "Buried Alive In The Blues" - "My Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can"

Janis Joplin - 'In Concert'
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In Concert

Released: 1972
US: Gold
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 4
Live Tracks: "Down On Me" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "All Is Loneliness" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Road Block" - "Flower In The Sun" - "Summertime" - "Ego Rock" - "Half Moon" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Move Over" - "Try (Just A Little Harder)" - "Get It While You Can" - "Ball And Chain"

Janis Joplin - 'Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits'
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Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

Released: June 27, 1973
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 37
Tracks: "Piece Of My Heart" - "Summertime" - "Try (Just A Little Harder)" - "Cry Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Down On Me" (live) - "Get It While You Can" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Move Over" - "Ball And Chain" (live) - "Maybe" - "Mercedes Benz"

Janis Ian - 'Janis' / 'Early Performances'
vinyl

Janis / Early Performances

Released: 1975
US: Gold
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 54
Live Tracks: "Mercedes Benz" - "Ball And Chain" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Summertime" - "Albert Hall Interview" - "Cry Baby" - "Move Over" - "Dick Cavett TV Interview" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Port Arthur High School Reunion" - "Maybe" - "Me And Bobby McGee"
Tracks: "Trouble In Mind" - "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" - "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" - "Mississippi River" - "Stealin'" - "No Reason For Livin'" - "Black Mountain Blues" - "Walk Right In" - "River Jordan" - "Mary Jane" - "Kansas City Blues" - "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" - "See See Rider" - "Winin' Boy" - "Careless Love" - "I'll Drown In My Own Tears"

Janis Joplin - 'Anthology'
vinyl

Anthology

Released: 1980
Tracks: "Piece Of My Heart" - "Summertime" - "Maybe" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "To Love Somebody" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Turtle Blues" - "Oh, Sweet Mary" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Trust Me" - "Move Over" - "Half Moon" - "Cry Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Down On Me" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Get It While You Can" - "Ball And Chain"

Janis Joplin - 'Farewell Song'
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Farewell Song

Released: February, 1982
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 104
Live Tracks: "Tell Mama" - "Magic Of Love" - "Misery 'N" - "One Night Stand" - "Harry" - "Raise Your Hand" - "Farewell Song" - "Amazing Grace / Hi Heel Sneakers" - "Catch Me Daddy"

Janis Joplin - 'Janis'
vinyl

Janis

Released: November 23, 1993
US: Gold
Tracks: "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" (live) - "Trouble In Mind" - "Hesitation Blues" - "Easy Rider" - "Coo Coo" - "Down On Me" - "The Last Time" - "All Is Loneliness" - "Call On Me" (live) - "Women Is Losers" (live) - "Intruder" - "Light Is Faster Than Sound" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Farewell Song" - "Flowers In The Sun" (live) - "Misery'n" - "Road Block" (live) - "Ball And Chain" (live) - "Combination Of The Two" - "I Need Man To Love" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Turtle Blues" - "Oh, Sweet Marry" - "Catch Me Daddy" - "Summertime" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" (live) - "One Good Man" - "Dear Landlord" - "To Love Somebody" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Work Me, Lord" - "Raise Your Hand" (live) - "Maybe" (live) - "Me And Bobby McGee" (demo) - "One Night Stand" (alternate take) - "Tell Mama" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" (live) - "Cry Baby" (alternate version) - "Move Over" (alternate version) - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "Happy Birthday, John (Happy Trails)" - "My Baby" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can" - "Me And Bobby McGee" (demo)

Janis Joplin - '18 Essential Songs'

18 Essential Songs

Released: January 24, 1995
US: Gold
Tracks: "Trouble In Mind" - "Down On Me" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Ball And Chain" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Summertime" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "One Good Man" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Raise Your Hand" - "Tell Mama" - "Move Over" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Get It While You Can" - "Half Moon" - "Trust Me" - "Me And Bobby McGee"

Big Brother & The Holding Company - 'Live At Winterland 68'
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Big Brother & The Holding Company: Live At Winterland '68

Released: June 2, 1998
Live Tracks: "Down On Me" - "Flowers In The Sun" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Easy Rider" - "Combination Of The Two" - "Farewell Song" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Catch Me Daddy" - "Magic Of Love" - "Summertime" - "Light Is Faster Than Sound" - "Ball And Chain" - "Down On Me"

Janis Joplin - 'Box Of Pearls' (box set)
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Box Of Pearls (box set)

Released: 1999
Tracks: "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Easy Rider" - "Intruder" - "Light Is Faster Than Sound" - "Call On Me" - "Women Is Losers" - "Blindman" - "Down On Me" - "Caterpillar" - "All Is Loneliness" - "Coo Coo" - "The Last Time" - "Call On Me" (alternate take) - "Bye, Bye Baby" (alternate take) - "Combination Of The Two" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Summertime" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Turtle Blues" - "Oh, Sweet Mary" - "Ball And Chain" - "Roadblock" - "Catch Me Daddy" (live) - "Magic Of Love" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Maybe" - "One Good Man" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "To Love Somebody" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Work Me, Lord" - "Dear Landlord" - "Summertime" (live) - "Piece Of My Heart" (live) - "Move Over" - "Cry Baby" - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "Buried Alive In The Blues" - "My Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can" - "Tell Mama" (live) - "Little Girl Blue" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" (live) - "Cry Baby" (live) - "It's A Deal" - "Easy Once You Know How" - "Maybe" (live) - "Raise Your Hand" (live) - "Bo Diddley" (live)

Janis Joplin - 'Super Hits'

Super Hits

Released: May 9, 2000
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 113
Tracks: "Piece Of My Heart" - "Cry Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "One Good Man" - "Move Over" - "I Need A Man TO Love" - "Turtle Blues" - "A Women Left Lonely" - "One Night Stand"

Janis Joplin - 'The Essential Janis Joplin'
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The Essential Janis Joplin

Released: January 14, 2003
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Down On Me" - "Coo Coo" - "Women Is Losers" - "Bye, Bye Baby" - "Ball And Chain" (live) - "Roadblock" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Misery'n" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Summertime" - "Flower IN The Sun" (live) - "Farewell Song" (live) - "Raise Your Hand" (live) - "To Love Somebody" (live) - "Kozmic Blues" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Maybe" - "One Good Man" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Work Me, Lord" - "Tell Mama" (live) - "Move Over" - "Cry Baby" - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "My Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can"

Janis Joplin - 'The Collectin' (box set)

The Collection (box set)

Released: December 21, 2004
Tracks: "Combination Of The Two" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Summertime" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Turtle Blues" - "Oh, Sweet Mary" - "Ball And Chain" - "Road Block" - "Flowers In The Sun" - "Catch Me Daddy" (live) - "Magic Of Love" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Maybe" - "One Good Man" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "To Love Somebody" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Little Girl Blues" - "Work Me, Lord" - "Dear Landlord" - "Summertime" (live) - "Piece Of My Heart" (live) - "Move Over" - "Cry Baby" - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "Buried Alive In The Blues" - "My Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can" - "Tell Mama" (live) - "Little Girl Blue" (live) - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" (live) - "Cry Baby" (live)

Janis Joplin - 'Very Best Of Janis Joplin'

The Very Best Of Janis Joplin

Released: 2007
Tracks: "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Move Over" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Get It While You Can" - "Down On Me" - "Ball And Chain" - "Summertime" - "Mary Jane"

Janis Joplin - 'The Woodstock Experience'
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The Woodstock Experience

Released: June 30, 2009
Tracks: "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - 'Maybe" - "One Good Man" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "To Love Somebody" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Little Girl Blue" - "Work Me, Lord" - Live Tracks: "Raise Your Hand" - "As Good As You've Been To This World" - "To Love Somebody" - "Summertime" - "Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)" - "Kozmic Blues" - "Can't Turn You Loose" - "Work Me, Lord" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Ball And Chain"

Big Brother & The Holding Company - 'Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968'
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Big Brother & The Holding Company:
Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968

Released: March 26, 2012
US:
Live Tracks: "Combination Of The Two" - "I Need A Man To Love" - "Flower In The Sun" - "Light Is Faster Than Sound" - "Summertime" - "Catch Me Daddy" - "It's A Deal" - "Call On Me" - "Jam - I'm Mad (Mad Man Blues)" - "Piece Of My Heart" - "Coo Coo" - "Ball And Chain" - "Down On Me" - "Call On Me"

Janis Joplin - 'The Pearl Sessions'
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The Pearl Sessions

Released: April 17, 2012
Tracks: ""Move Over" - "Cry Baby" - "A Woman Left Lonely" - "Half Moon" - "Buried Alive In The Blues" - "My Baby" - "Me And Bobby McGee" - "Mercedes Benz" - "Trust Me" - "Get It While You Can" - "Me And Bobby McGee" (mono single) - "Half Moon" (mono single) - "Cry Baby" (mono single) - "Get It While You Can" (mono single) - "Move Over" (single version) - "A Woman Left Lonely" (mono single) - "Overheard In The Studio..." - "Get It While You Can" (take 3) - "Overheard In The Studio..." - "Get It While You Can" (take 5) - "Overheard In The Studio..." - "Moon Over" (take 6) - "Move Over" (take 13) - "Move Over" (take 17) - "Me And Bobby McGee" (demo version) - "Me And Bobby McGee" (take 5 - alternate) - "Cry Baby" (alternate version) - "A Woman Left Lonely" (alternate vocal) - "Overheard In The Studio..." - "My Baby" (alternate take) - "Overheard In The Studio..." - "Get It While You Can" (take 3) - "My Baby" (alternate version) - "Pearl" (instrumental) - "Tell Mama" (live) - "Half Moon" (live)


POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY
[based on RockOnTheNet's The ARC Weekly Top 40

 
1 Me And Bobby McGee

from the LP
Pearl
Billboard chart run: 25 - 10 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 6 - 7 - 12 - 18 - 29 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 18
1(2) 12 1971 Janis Joplin - "Me And Bobby McGee" (Single)
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2 Piece Of My Heart
[Big Brother & The Holding Company]

from the LP
Cheap Thrills
Billboard chart run: 24 - 24 - 19 - 15 - 13 - 13 - 12 - 29 - off
12 8 1968 Big Brother & The Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart" (Single)
iTunes
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  Down On Me
[Big Brother & The Holding Company]

from the LP
Big Brother And The Holding Company
** ** 1967 Big Brother & The Holding Company - "Down On Me" (Single)
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Amazon.mp3
  Kozmic Blues

from the LP
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
** ** 1969 Janis Joplin - "Kozmic Blues" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Cry Baby

from the LP
Pearl
** ** 1971 Janis Joplin - "Cry Baby" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Down On Me (live)

from the LP
In Concert
** ** 1972 Janis Joplin - "Down On Me" (live) (Single)
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Amazon.mp3
 
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