BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #250: ” ME AND BOBBY MCGEE”- JANIS JOPLIN – MARCH 20, 1971

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Billboard #1 Hits: #250: ” Me And Bobby McGee”- Janis Joplin. March 20, 1971. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Me And Bobby McGee”- Janis Joplin
  • Record Company-Columbia
  • Genre: Blues Rock
  • Written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster
  • Time: 4:33
  • B-side:”Half Moon”
  • Album-Pearl
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Australia.

“Me And Bobby McGee” was written by a young upcoming songwriter in Nashville- Kris Kristofferson. A brilliant song- it was first recorded by Roger Miller but has been recorded over the years by many different artists- but the ultimate version is always going to be Janis Joplin’s. She never lived to see the success that her version had- she died on October 4, 1970- and the single released after he death went to #1 over 5 months later.

The suggestion for the title came from Nashville record producer Fred Foster who had told Kris he wanted to write a song called “Me and Bobby McKee” McKee was a secretary who worked in the same building as Foster and he had a crush on her. Kris turned it into “Me and Bobby McGee”- and gave Foster half the songwriting credit just for his suggestion of the title. I wonder how many millions of dollars that turned out to be?

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