It’s hard to believe it was 45 years ago especially when Janis Joplin’s music and vocals are still vital today as they were back in 1970. She was gaining momentum in the fall of 1970 and felt good about all that was going on around her. She was recording Pearl she was engaged and was about to embark on a fall tour with her band the “Full Tilt Boogie Band”. So when it came to the early hours of October 4th, 1970, it was a complete shock when Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose.
On the night of Oct. 3, Joplin left the recording studio after listening to the band’s backing track of “Buried in the Blues.” Joplin told Rothchild that she would return the next day to record her vocals. Except she didn’t show up the next day and was found by her road manager at the time John Byrne Cooke in her hotel room at the Landmark Hotel.
Dr. Thomas Noguchi, the Los Angeles County Coroner, ruled that the singer’s death was caused by an accidental drug overdose. Joplin was 27 years old.