ZZ Top guitarist publishes book

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons is using the pen as well as the guitar these days, publishing "Billy F. Gibbons: Rock and Roll Gearhead."

Chet Helms dies of stroke at age 62

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 (UPI) -- Chet Helms, who brought Janis Joplin to San Francisco and ran the Avalon Ballroom during the Summer of Love, died after suffering a stroke at age 62.

Modern-day Janis Joplin sought on TV show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The estate of U.S. singer Janis Joplin, who died 35 years ago, has authorized a television show and concert tour tribute to the woman and her music.

Man, Rimes feels like a woman

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Once a 13-year-old upstart with an adult's voice, country singer LeAnn Rimes says she's all grown up and has titled her new album, "This Woman."

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2005 with 346 to follow.
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Garcia estate suing Moe's over picture

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The estate of Jerry Garcia, the late Grateful Dead guitarist, has sued Moe's Southwest Grill for using Garcia's likeness in its marketing strategy.

Grammys to honor Led Zeppelin, Eddy Arnold

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Next month's Grammy Awards will declare Lifetime Achievement status for Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin,"Entertainment Tonight" reported Wednesday.

Singer Pink's life to go big screen

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Pop singer Pink has announced her plans to open her private diary and star and produce a big screen adaptation of her life, TeenHollywood.com said.

Janis Joplin film shelved for now

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Renee Zellweger's planned Janis Joplin biopic has been shelved because producers can't decide on a script, it was reported Friday.

Singer Laura Branigan dies at age 47

EAST QUOGUE, N.Y., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Singer, actress, and songwriter Laura Branigan, whose signature song "Gloria" was her first hit, has died of an aneurysm in her New York home at age 47.

Pink to star in new Joplin film

LOS ANGELES, April 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. singer Pink has been cast to play rock superstar Janis Joplin in a new biographical film, Entertainment Tonight reported Friday.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2004 with 347 to follow.
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For blues fans, a lot to smile about

The members of Congress who proclaimed 2003 "The Year of the Blues" probably didn't know what they were actually honoring. But the extraordinary outpouring of n
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Zellweger a shoe-in for 'Cinderella'

HOLLYWOOD, July 9 (UPI) -- Renee Zellweger is set to star with Russell Crowe in the Ron Howard-directed "Cinderella Man," Daily Variety reported.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include composer-conductor Meredith Willson ("The Music Man") in 1902; band leader Tommy Tucker in 1908; R&B singer "Big Joe" Turner, who was born in 1911; Perry Como in 1912; Rodney Dillard of The Dillards in 1942 (age 61)...
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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)

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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