The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Oct. 23 that Janis Joplin will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4. The ceremony for the 2,510th Walk of Fame star will be highlighted with a special musical tribute by Kris Kristofferson, who will perform an acoustic version of “Me and Bobby McGee,” a song he co-wrote with Fred Foster. The song was a number one hit by Joplin herself in 1971.
“Janis Joplin is an iconic figure and her songs will always be remembered by her fans around the world,” said Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez in a statement.
The ceremony will take place at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and be streamed live on the Hollywood Walk of Fame website. Kristofferson will also be one of the guest speakers. Other speakers will be record executive Clive Davis, and Joplin’s siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin. Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will emcee the ceremony.
“The first time I heard Janis Joplin’s version was right after she died,” Kristofferson said in an interview with Perfect Song Writer. “Paul Rothchild, her producer, asked me to stop by his office and listen to this thing she had cut. Afterwards, I walked all over L.A., just in tears. I couldn’t listen to the song without really breaking up. So when I came back to Nashville, I went into the Combine [Publishing] building late at night, and I played it over and over again, so I could get used to it without breaking up. [Songwriter and keyboardist] Donnie Fritts came over and listened with me, and we wrote a song together that night about Janis, called ‘Epitaph’. ‘Bobby McGee’ was the song that made the difference for me. Every time I sing it, I still think of Janis.”
Joplin was born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, and died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood on Oct. 4, 1970. She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
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