The “Piece of My Heart” singer died after she overdosed on heroin at age 27 in a Los Angeles motel room, just 16 days after her friend Jimi Hendrix also overdosed. Known for uninhibited performances (often fueled by alcohol and drugs), the Queen of Rock and Roll paved the way for female musicians in an otherwise male-dominated industry. Stevie Nicks commented on Joplin’s influence: “I only saw Janis Joplin one time on a hot summer day in San Jose, California, at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds… She was extraordinary. She had a connection with the audience that I had not seen before, and when she left the stage, I knew that a little bit of my destiny had changed. In a blink of an eye, she changed my life .”
The Doors frontman who rocked the musical world in the 1960s with his leather pants and sexy swagger became yet another member of the infamous “27 Club” when he died in 1971. Although no autopsy was performed, Morrison is thought to have died of a heroin overdose. The rocker, who graduated from the film school at the University of California at Los Angeles, was also a celebrated poet who self-published two poetry collections and would often break into spontaneous verse during his concerts.