Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her powerful and soulful voice, as well as her unique style and stage presence.

Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1943 and began singing in local bars and coffeehouses while attending college in the early 1960s. She eventually moved to San Francisco, where she joined Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. The band released their debut album, "Big Brother and the Holding Company," in 1967, which included Joplin's signature song, "Piece of My Heart."

Joplin's solo career took off in 1968 with the release of her album "Cheap Thrills," which featured hits like "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain." She continued to release successful albums throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, including "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!" and "Pearl."

Tragically, Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970 at the age of 27. However, her impact on music and culture has endured. She is considered one of the greatest singers of all time and has influenced countless artists in a variety of genres. Joplin's legacy lives on through her music and the inspiration she continues to provide to aspiring musicians and fans alike.