"Ball and Chain" was written by Big Mama Thorton in the 50's and was one of her biggest hits. In the late sixties Janis Joplin covered the song and it was one of her biggest hits. This is Janis Joplin singing Ball And Chain at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. In the video you can see Jimi Hendrix and Mama Cass Elliot watching the performance. Janis's back up band is Big Brother and the Holding Company who were a ho-hum band. Janis claimed she would sing with no one else. Nobody could sing the blues like Janis. If you're in the kind of mood I've been in lately, it's like musical therapy.