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Record industry executive Clive Davis addresses the crowd at a ceremony honoring singer Janis Joplin with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Janis Joplin gets posthumous Hollywood star
First Published Nov 05 2013 01:45 pm • Last Updated Nov 06 2013 02:23 pm

Los Angeles • Singing legend Janis Joplin was honored Monday with a star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame more than four decades after her death from a drug overdose.

The raspy-voiced singing star was immortalized on the famous Hollywood walk at a ceremony attended by her brother Michael and sister Laura, while country music luminary Kris Kristofferson played her signature hit "Me and Bobby McGee."

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"Janis Joplin is an iconic figure, and her songs will always be remembered by her fans around the world," said Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the famous Tinseltown sidewalk.

The 1960s hard-partying rock singer would have been 70 years old this year. She died in October 1970, at the age of 27.

Joplin was given the 2,510th star on the Walk of Fame, where entertainment legends have long been enshrined on a stretch of pavement which attracts millions of tourists every year.

Her famous songs include "Down on Me," "Summertime," "Cry Baby" and "Mercedes Benz." But her biggest hit was "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kristofferson.

Ironically, the song — part-ballad, part high-energy rock anthem — only topped the U.S. charts in 1971, the year after Joplin died of a drug overdose.

Kristofferson played an acoustic version of the song on Monday outside the Musicians Institute, near the famous Hollywood and Highland intersection.

The raspy-voice Joplin, who produced four studio albums in her short career which included a legendary performance at the era-defining Woodstock festival in 1969, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.




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