Rock Hall Honors Janis Joplin @ Beachland

22 10 2009

As the Rock Hall and the Beachland commemorate the legacy of Janis Joplin with a performance by her former backing band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, we present to you a few versions of tunes this iconic rocker made famous. Tonight’s gig also features Mary Bridget Davies, on vocals. Davies stars in the touring version of “Love, Janis”. With no disrespect to Ms. Davies or any of the other artists posted below, you’ll realize that Janis’  famed screams were a bitch to hit–even stoned and drunk out of one’s mind.

Mary J. Blige singing “Piece of My Heart”:

Etta James, “Ball and Chain”:

From 1968–the year that Joplin and Big Brother released this song–Ella Fitzgerald handles Gershwin’s “Summertime”:

We wrap things up with “Woman Left Lonely”, a live rendition by Cat Power:

Cat Power, “Woman Left Lonely”:

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