Janis Joplin was a blues rock musician best known as the lead vocalist for Big Brother and the Holding Company, with whom she was notably successful. Their work is often simply credited to her despite the significance of the band. After the group's breakup Joplin continued her work with other bands, seeing limited success until her death at age 27 of a heroin overdose. She is a part of the "27 club", a group of rockers whose careers ended at that age. This also includes Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison of The Doors. This club would become an obsession of Kurt Cobain, frontman for grunge band Nirvana, who came to believe that he could become famous if he died at that age, leading to his suicide. Joplin had several certified solo albums. Her only hit was Me and Bobby McGee, a chart-topping cover of a Roger Miller song. She was inducted her first year of eligibility. She performed at the legendary Woodstock Music and Art Festival of 1969. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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