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Date of Death: Oct. 4, 1970
Cause of death: Drug overdose
Album sales (since 1991): 7.8 million
Highest-charting album (post death): No. 1 - 1971, Pearl
The best-selling album of Joplin's career, Pearl, was released in 1971, after her death. It included Mercedes Benz, and a cover of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee. Joplin, whose bluesy voice influenced generations of singers, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.