One of the brightest stars of the ’60s rock scene, Janis Joplin, who left us earlier than expected, was a big Beatles fan and although it is not widely known, her final recording three days before her passing was a tribute to John Lennon.
There is no doubt that Janis Joplin was one of the most well-known and influential stars of the ’60s rock and soul scenes and her music is her biggest legacy she left behind. She rose to fame in the mid-’60s when she performed at the Monterey Pop Festival as the lead singer of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company.
She soon came to be known as one of the most talented musicians of her time and her free spirit and activism through music inspired millions. However, she unfortunately passed away in October 1970 at the age of 27 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. As she left the world at such a young age, there are still some less known but surprising facts about the life she led.
Joplin was known to be a huge Beatles fan and although she never had the chance to meet any of the band members during her lifetime, she highly appreciated their music, and the Beatles appreciated hers. In fact, just some weeks before her death, Yoko Ono reached out to Janis Joplin and told her that she’s preparing a surprise for John Lennon‘s birthday and that she has asked the musicians that he likes to record a happy birthday song for him.
This was a huge deal for Janis Joplin who was a big-time John Lennon fan and after recording her last song ‘Mercedes Benz‘ she remained in the studio to sing one last song for John Lennon. In a later interview, John Lennon revealed that the song reached him after Janis Joplin’s passing and that he never had a chance to thank her for her special tribute. Joplin’s birthday song to John Lennon came to be known as the final song she ever recorded.
You can listen to Janis Joplin’s Happy Birthday song for John Lennon below.