Kree Harrison Performs Janis Joplin's 'Piece of My Heart' on 'American Idol'
... make. When Keith Urban asked why Harrison had seemed to hold back a little bit, she admitted that she was performing with a pinched nerve, earning even more respect from the judges and audience. "That was magnificent," Nicki Minaj gushed. "You would get all 50 of my votes right now." Afterward, the singer said she felt good about her performance. "Even though I'm in a lot of pain, I feel like maybe I pulled it off," she said backstage. Harrison will learn her fate on the results show Thursday night (April 4).Meet Kree Harrison Kree Harrison Performs Janis Joplin
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... have been a little less supportive, however, feeling that Bieber faked the illness as part of a publicity stunt to make up for infuriating fans earlier this week by being nearly two hours late on stage. One posted on Twitter, "Justin Bieber was not sick, its a Publicity Stunt to make up for his late show." And another said, "Justin Bieber publicity stunt collapse because he cocked up the other night by being 2 hrs late for his fans. Anything for sympathy."Below - Brandon Flowers quits The Killers gig: who else has pulled a sickie? Justin Bieber 'getting better' listening to Janis Joplin
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Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943-Oct. 4, 1970)
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Joplin was found dead in room 105 of the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. The hotel has been renamed The Highland Gardens.
She left $1500 in her will for a funeral party. It was held at The Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California, on October 26, 1971. The Grateful Dead performed.
She was on the cover of Newsweek May 26, 1969.
Her idol was Blues singer Bessie Smith. When she found out Smith was buried in an unmarked grave, she bought a headstone that read "The greatest Blues singer in the world will never stop singing."
The 1979 movie The Rose, starring Bette Midler, was based on Joplin's life.
In 1963, she was voted "The Ugliest Man on Campus" at the University of Texas, Austin. This prompted her to leave her home state of Texas and go to San Francisco.
She was going to be married in 1966, but backed out to join Big Brother and the Holding Company. Other dating exploits include going to a barbecue with the future United States Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and hitting Doors frontman Jim Morrison over the head with a broken bottle when he tried to pick her up.
Joplin appeared in many movies, mostly because of her music. These include Janis, Woodstock, Festival Express and Petulia (starring George C. Scott and the Grateful Dead).
Love, Janis is a biography of her written by her sister Laura, who is also a psychotherapist.
She played with many bands over her career. She started with Big Brother, and then used the Joplinaires, the Kozmic Blues Band, and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band as backing groups.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 - the same year as Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Frank Zappa, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas, and Neil Young.
Her ashes were scattered off the coast of California.
Joplin: "Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
In 1967, one of Janis' lovers was Joe McDonald, of Country Joe and the Fish
. They were reportedly quite happy together; they would typically lie together in their apartment and crank up the radio whenever either a Country Joe or a Big Brother (Janis' band) song would come on. Janis joked that for a while their bands merged into "Country Brother and the Holding Fish." They broke up very amicably, parting more for their careers than anything else.
Probably one of the greatest tragedies that shaped Janis' worldview and hence life was her having been born and raised in Texas. Many times she would refer to the relentless bullying she'd been a victim of in that most conservative of US states. She spent most of her adult life seeking the approval and acceptance she'd never found in school. In 1969, just after a September concert at the Hollywood Bowl, she played for a packed audience in Austin, Texas, in October. Of the audience described in the papers as "frantically enthusiastic," she remarked afterwards "I used to go to school here and they never treated me like this!"
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"