January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970
On October 1 Janis Joplin did a quick a capella recording of a little ditty she had written a couple months earlier.
It would be the last song she recorded. She died three days later.
This Kris Kristofferson song from the last album that was just being completed when she died. It would be a posthumous #1:
The full measure of her powerful voice and style is probably best captured in this cover as she performed it on the Dick Cavett show: