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21 Things You Didn't Know About Janis Joplin

The Queen of Rock and Roll would have been 70 today. Here are a few things you may not have known about the soul songstress.

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1. After graduating from high school she spent one semester at Lamar State College of Technology in her homestate of Texas.

3. Her first recorded song was entitled "What Good Can Drinkin' Do."

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20 year old Janis recorded this song at a friend's house while attending University of Texas as an art student.


5. She was never one of the popular kids.

She was bullied and isolated by her peers growing up in the small town of Port Arthur, Texas. In response she rebelled by dying her hair and driving to out to local blues bars.

7. She was arrested for indecent and vulgar language towards police officers in 1969 while performing in Tampa, Florida.

She was permitted to finish her performance before being arrested and the charges were later dropped as the judge's ruling stated she was simply exercising her freedom of speech.

8. She only had one hit single during her career.

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"Me and Bobby Mcgee" reached number one on the charts in 1971, the year after her death. It was the second posthumous single in the U.S. after Otis Redding's "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay".


11. One of her last recordings was a birthday song for John Lennon.

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13. She smashed a bottle of Southern Comfort over Jim Morrison's head.

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"Well, she picked up a bottle of Southern Comfort she had, reached out of the car, and wailed him on the head with it. He was out cold. The next day, I saw Jim in rehearsal and he said to me, 'What a great woman! She's terrific!"

- "Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison" by James Riordan


18. She performed with several different bands over her short career.

She began with with Big Brother And The Holding Company (1966-1968). She soon became the breakout star of the band and left for a solo career.


21. In her last will and testament she left over $1,500 to her friends for a big party.

She made these changes to her will just two days before her death. The tickets were printed with, "The drinks are on pearl."