Chart Position: 12

  • #344 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest songs
  • Lead vocals: Janis Joplin
  • Originally recorded by Erma Franklin (1967)
  • Written by Bert Russell and Jerry Ragovoy
  • Guitar: Sam Andrew
  • Produced by John Simon
  • Backing vocals: Sam Andrew
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This is Big Brother and Holding Company’s biggest hit single
  • Big Brother and Holding Co. were on the bill for the opening of the legendary Fillmore East club in New York City NY in Mar 1968
  • Later recorded by Marmalade (1968), Showmen (1968), Dusty Springfield (1968), Bettye Lavette (1970), Bonnie Tyler (1977), Bryan Ferry (1973), Etta James (1978), Sammy Hagar (1981), Jimmy Barnes (1984), Faith Hill (1994), Raymond Van Het Groenewoud (1984), Shaggy w/Marsha (1997), Jenny Morris (1990), Phoebe Snow (1998), The King (1998), Sarah Jane Morris (2001), Tony Sarno (1998), Glenn Hughes (2001),  Nikki Mckibbin (2002), Melissa Etheridge (2005) and Beverley Knight (2006)


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