After scoring a hit in 1966 with her first single, "Society's Child
," and her self-titled debut album, Janis released three more albums on the Verve label that didn't catch on. Her fifth album, Present Company
, was released on Capitol records in 1971, and also failed to find an audience. She took some time off from recording and returned on Columbia records in 1974 with Stars
, which didn't contain any hits but set the stage for her comeback single, "At Seventeen
," a year later. The title track to Stars
was later covered by both Mel Tormé and Cher; "Jesse" was recorded by Roberta Flack, whose version went to #30 in the US 1973, giving Janis her first songwriting hit since "Society's Child." Thanks in part to Flack's cover, the song became a concert favorite for Ian, and one she plays at most of her shows.