Janis Joplin Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Legendary rock singer Janis Joplin was honored with a Hollywood “Walk of Fame” star yesterday, exactly forty-three years and one month after her unexpected death in 1970. Joplin, who became one of the most iconic figures of the 60s rock and roll scene, would have been 70 this year.
Country music luminary Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to his late friend at the unveiling of the star by performing one of Joplin’s biggest hits, “Me and Bobby McGee,” a song the he penned himself. Kristofferson later spoke to Rolling Stone about his close relationship with Joplin. “It’s really hard to say much about the stars and how much they mean. She means so much more to me than a star on a sidewalk,” he said.
Renowned music producer Clive Davis also paid tribute to the Queen of Psychedelic Soul in a speech, stating that she was the first artist he ever signed to Columbia Records. “She embodied everything — everything — I was looking for: the innovative and the charismatic; the artist for a new generation,” Davis said. “And, of course, it broke my heart when she died.”