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“Another Piece of My Heart,” 1969 Janis Joplin

July 13, 2015

Tragically Lost Before Her Time Her spirit too burdened to keep to persist to preserve 1.5 years from her fatal date with time.

 

“Piece Of My Heart” (Live) by Janis Joplin (1969) — 

“Piece Of My Heart” was written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns and was originally recorded by Aretha Franklin’s older sister Erma Franklin in 1967.

Big Brother & the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) released the song on their album Cheap Thrills on August 12, 1968. The single, a little more than half the length of the album version, was #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2004, Big Brother’s version was ranked #353 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and was included in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

Cheap Thrills was #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart (Billboard 200) in 1968. The album cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb (R. Crumb), was #9 on the “100 Greatest Album Covers” by Rolling Stone.

Janis Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. She was also ranked #46 on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004 and #28 on the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” in 2008 by Rolling Stone.

Historical perspective of this performance:
Cheap Thrills was released on August 12, 1968 and it was Janis Joplin’s last album with Big Brother. She played with Big Brother until December 1, 1968. This concert in Sweden with Big Brother founding member and guitarist Sam Andrew and an all-new band (coined “Janis Joplin and Her Group”), was filmed four months later on April 7, 1969. Janis died a year and a half after this concert on October 4, 1970 at the age of 27.

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