Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who sang rock, soul and blues music. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was noted for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and stage presence.
On November 27, 1969 (the day after Tina’s 30th birthday), Ike & Tina were one of the opening acts for The Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in New York. Janis was watching them from the wings and during „Land of 1,000 Dances,“ she simply couldn’t contain herself anymore and jumped on stage (maybe also influenced by the ‘treats’ that the Stones had for their guests backstage) and finished the song together with Tina. Less than a year later, on October 4, 1970, Janis passed away at the age of 27.
In a 2000 Canadian radio interview on channel CHUM FM, Tina however didn’t seem to recall their duet. When asked if she ever performed with Janis, she answered: “No, but Janis spent the last week of her life watching the revue’s shows at ‘The Hungry i’ in San Francisco.“
Ike is the band leader and Tina is the show. Fantastic singer, fantastic dancer, fantastic show. Tina – the best chick ever!
Janis Joplin at the Dick Cavetts Show on July 18, 1969