From 1969, and an episode of The Name of the Game, please enjoy Robert Stack and Sharon Farrell (as a doomed rock star) in "A Hard Case of the Blues."
You know, for some reason, Farrell's character seems to be based on a famous real person...
...but I've never been able to put my finger on who, exactly.
Seriously, I hadn't seen this episode since it originally aired, but I remember thinking at the time that while the Hollywood hippies on the show were laughably unbelievable -- as they usually were on the tube in those days -- that on the whole the damn thing was extremely well written and genuinely poignant. And that Farrell -- whose chemistry with the usually wooden Stack is palpable -- pretty much captured Joplin's essential sweetness. Certainly, far better than Bette Midler did years later in that The Rose piece of shit.
In any case, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the show mostly held up. And I've said it in semi-jest on countless occasions before, but YouTube really IS the greatest thing since the Library at Alexandria.