3. Her first recorded song was entitled “What Good Can Drinkin’ Do.”
20 year old Janis recorded this song at a friend’s house while attending University of Texas as an art student.
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.
“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.
13. She smashed a bottle of Southern Comfort over Jim Morrison’s head.
“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
19. Her ashes were scattered out over the Pacific Ocean.
20. Her friends called her “pearl” which was also the title of her last album.
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