Tammy Joplin, singer and song writer, performed to a full house at Ashley Manor Care Center on Sunday afternoon. She told the residents and their guests that her name to fame was being related to Janis Joplin. “We’re third cousins. I was born on the day she died.”
Joplin opened with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” and for over an hour she entertained the audience with favorites from Janis Joplin. During that time, she shared part of herself—she lived in Branson and was very proud of her three kids—and connected with the residents on a personal level by leading the singing of “Happy Birthday” to resident Willie Simmons.
Besides favorites from the past, Joplin included “Color Me Beautiful,” one of her original gospels.
The afternoon ended with “In the Sweet.” However, when an encore for “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” was requested, Joplin was more than happy to oblige. She also spent the afternoon going to residents’ rooms, singing for them as well.