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Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston earn Tony nods

Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston earn Tony nods

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Film and TV stars Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris O'Dowd were among the Tony Award nominees announced in New York Tuesday.
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Jimi Hendrix honored on new USPS stamp

Jimi Hendrix honored on new USPS stamp

March 13 (UPI) -- Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix has been honored on a new USPS Forever stamp.
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Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin in bio-pic

Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin in bio-pic

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Director Lee Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter Amy Adams will play Janis Joplin in his upcoming bio-picture about the iconic rocker.

Todd Rundgren grateful for producing others' work

BEARSVILLE, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. multi-instrumentalist songwriter-record producer Todd Rundgren says producing other musicians' recorded work set him up for artistic freedom now.
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Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. music mogul Clive Davis says in his memoir he has been in a romantic relationship with a man for seven years, confirming for the first time he is bisexual.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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Nina Arianda to play Fellini's wife in film

Nina Arianda to play Fellini's wife in film

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Nina Arianda is to play Italian movie star Giulietta Masina, director Federico Fellini's wife, in the film "Fellini Black and White," producers said Monday.

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Rock photographer Barry Feinstein has died

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Rock music photographer Barry Feinstein, who shot iconic album covers for musicians such as Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, has died in Kingston, N.Y.
Aerosmith frontman done with book

Aerosmith frontman done with book

BOSTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler has finished his memoir and it could be in stores by Father's Day, its publishers said.

Album cover designer Wilkes dead at 69

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., July 19 (UPI) -- Artist Tom Wilkes, known for designing albums for popular rock music acts, has died at age 69 in Pioneertown, Calif., his daughter says.

Christian rock pioneer Norman dead at 60

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Larry Norman, widely regarded as the "father of Christian rock music," has died of heart failure at age 60 at his home in Salem, Ore., his family said.

Texas home marked as Joplin's former home

PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A home in Port Arthur, Texas, is now adorned with an official state historical marker informing people the late singer Janis Joplin used to live there.
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Janis Joplin
Singer Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose at age 26 on October 4, 1970. (Undated file photo) (UPI Photo/Files)
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Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19, 1943(1943-01-19), to Dorothy (née East) Joplin (1913–1998), a registrar at a business college, and her husband, Seth Joplin (1910–1987), an engineer at Texaco. She had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. The family attended the Church of Christ. The Joplins felt that Janis always needed more attention than their other children, with her mother stating, "She was unhappy and unsatisfied without . The normal rapport wasn't adequate."

As a teenager, she befriended a group of outcasts, one of whom had albums by African-American blues artists Bessie Smith and Leadbelly, whom Joplin later credited with influencing her decision to become a singer. She began singing in the local choir and expanded her listening to blues singers such as Odetta and Big Mama Thornton.

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