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Janis Joplin entered this world on January 19, 1943, and when she exited at the young age of 27, she left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

To me Janis Joplin was the greatest female singer to grace this planet. She used her entire body and soul when she sang. I always preferred male singers, but Janis was different than any woman I had ever heard sing at that time, 1967. She arranged all of her own music and wrote some of her songs, a true talent. Unfortunately I never got to see her perform live, but I followed everything about her as she lived and purchased every album she made.

She struck me as an extremely sad and lonely young woman. Janis seemed to wear her sadness on her sleeve and I always felt that I wanted to take her in my arms and tell her what a beautiful person she was. She always felt that she was ugly and unattractive. When she performed she kept audiences riveted as she poured her soul out in her music. She just did not see how truly beautiful she was.

When she passed I said my private goodbye to Janis. Her latest album, which she was recording at the time of her death, was released right after her death and I played it all the time. It was such a beautiful album, “Pearl” and she finally had a top hit with “Me and Bobby McGee.” No one ever did that song better than her.

For those of us who lived during this wonderful creative time we can never forget the impact Janis Joplin had on the world and how quickly she was gone. Her influence is felt even to this day and will continue to be felt for centuries to come. What if she never would have truly lived and expressed what she felt? The world would have missed out on so much.

There are no limitations to your life when you truly live. Let her life be an inspiration to you to let go of all inhibitions and live your life fully no matter what your age. We are supposed to live not just exist. Live today!

“On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.” Janis Joplin

Love to you Janis,
Cherokee Billie

Comments on: "Remembering Janis Joplin on her 75th Birthday!" (6)

  1. Creativity-the biggest jewel in the crown. 🙂 🙂

  2. My husband has been ill for 4 yrs now, he’s in a nursing facility and can’t hear very well. He loves his CD player with headphones. His favorite? Janis Joplin! I know it’s a big part of his day, cranking up feel good music. Thanks, Billie! Sandy

    • Wow, Sandy thank you so much for sharing about your husband and his situation. Amazing how Janis Joplin can keep his spirits uplifted. There is such power in music and your husband is a good example of it. I will keep you both in prayer. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  3. Great article!

    Janis Joplin is from Port Arthur, Texas. I am also a Texan, and her album, “Pearl” was my first album. I was 14 years old.

    My, time flies!

    • Yes, time does go very quickly. Thanks for sharing your memories of Janis Joplin. She will always live because of her legacy. I was a teenager in 1967 and got to experience all of the wonderful groups and the creativeness that was exploding. Thank you for your comment, Cherokee Billie

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