An October 1970 photo of Janis Joplin.

An October 1970 photo of Janis Joplin. Credit: AP

Hard-living singer Janis Joplin, who died 43 years ago last Friday, is about to take center stage again.

A feature film starring Amy Adams is in the works, and on Thursday, Mary Bridget Davies brings the singer to life on Broadway with "A Night With Janis Joplin." But Joplin (or Joplin-esque) pop-culture references have given us cheap thrills for a long time:

AMERICAN PIE (1971) In Don McLean's enigmatic ode to rock and roll's decline, he sings: "I met a girl who sang the blues, and I asked her for some happy news/She just smiled and turned away." We all know whom he was singing about.

THE ROSE (1979) Bette Midler earned an Oscar nomination for playing a singer modeled on Joplin. (The movie was originally titled "Pearl," after Joplin's nickname.)

30 ROCK (2009) Jenna Moroney (Jane Krakowski) is set to star in a Joplin biopic.

MERCEDES-BENZ The luxury carmaker has used Joplin's a cappella song in three commercials (1995, 2007, 2011).

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