Janis Joplin - Ball & Chain (Rom1 9' Basement Mix) [FREE DOWNLOAD] by RϑM1 published on 2012/04/05 08:13:49 +0000 "Ball 'n' Chain" is a song by Big Mama Thornton. The song, best known as a cover by Janis Joplin, was featured in Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills album; this was their last album with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist. Joplin's 1967 rendition of "Ball 'n' Chain" at the Monterey Pop Festival is widely considered to be one of her best performances. The song also became one of her more popular pieces to sing in concert. She sang the song twice at Woodstock after fans cheered for an encore.