"Janis Lyn Joplin" was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic rock/psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival; this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Joplin charted five singles; other popular songs include: "Down on Me (traditional song)/Down on Me"; "Summertime (song)/Summertime"; "Piece of My Heart"; "Ball 'n' Chain"; "Maybe (The Chantels song)/Maybe"; "To Love Somebody (song)/To Love Somebody"; "Kozmic Blues"; "Work Me, Lord"; "Cry Baby (song)/Cry Baby"; "Mercedes Benz (song)/Mercedes Benz"; and her only number one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee".
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