It was 51 years ago today (October 4th, 1970) that Janis Joplin was found dead. After a long night of partying, Joplin's body was discovered in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood with fresh needle marks in her arm, and her death was ruled an accidental overdose. Joplin was 27-years-old, and at the time of her death was working on what became her final album, Pearl.
Last March, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of it topping the Billboard Hot 100, was the first official video for Janis Joplin's “Me And Bobby McGee.” The clip, which was created in partnership with the Janis Joplin Estate and Columbia/Legacy Recordings, features the classic tune written by Kris Kristofferson, which in Joplin’s death became her signature song. The new clip features elements included in the new book, Janis Joplin: Days & Summers – Scrapbook 1966-68, which was released in June.
Originally released on January 12th, 1971, Janis Joplin's “Me And Bobby McGee” from the posthumous Pearl album, became the second posthumous single in pop music history to reach Number One; the first was Otis Redding's “(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay,” in 1968.