Joplin in 1970
Side A of the US single
Joplin in 1960 as a graduating senior in high school
Joplin (seated) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, c. 1966–1967 photograph Bob Seidemann
Joplin performs with Tom Jones on This Is Tom Jones in late 1969
Newspaper review of Joplin's 1969 concert at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio includes the fact that before it started she walked to the lobby and watched audience members arrive.
Janis Joplin performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 1968
Joplin photographed by Jim Marshall in 1969, one year before her death

A posthumously released version by Janis Joplin topped the U.S. singles chart in 1971, making the song the second posthumously released No. 1 single in U.S. chart history after "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

- Me and Bobby McGee

Five singles by Joplin reached the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song "Me and Bobby McGee", which reached number one in March 1971.

- Janis Joplin
Joplin in 1970

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Kristofferson in 2018

Kris Kristofferson

Retired American singer, songwriter and actor.

Retired American singer, songwriter and actor.

Kristofferson in 2018
Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge at the 1972 Dripping Springs Reunion
Kristofferson in 1978
Kristofferson at the 2006 South by Southwest Festival
Kristofferson speaking at the 2014 PEN New England Song Lyrics Award ceremony held in Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", all of which were hits for other artists.

In 1971, Janis Joplin, who had dated Kristofferson, had a number one hit with "Me and Bobby McGee" from her posthumous album Pearl.

Engineer 
with audio console, at a recording session at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Fred Foster

American record producer, songwriter, and music business executive who founded Monument Records.

American record producer, songwriter, and music business executive who founded Monument Records.

Engineer 
with audio console, at a recording session at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Foster suggested to Kris Kristofferson the title and theme of "Me and Bobby McGee", which became a hit for Kristofferson, Roger Miller, and Janis Joplin, and for which Foster received a co-writing credit.

Pearl (Janis Joplin album)

Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released on January 11, 1971, three months after her death on October 4, 1970.

Pearl features the #1 hit "Me and Bobby McGee", on which she played acoustic guitar, written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster; "Trust Me", by Bobby Womack, written for Joplin; Howard Tate's "Get It While You Can", showcasing her vocal range; and the original songs "Move Over" and "Mercedes Benz", the latter co-written by Joplin, Bobby Neuwirth, and Michael McClure.

Viljandi Folk Music Festival held annually within the castle ruins in Viljandi, Estonia.

Bob Neuwirth

American folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual artist.

American folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual artist.

Viljandi Folk Music Festival held annually within the castle ruins in Viljandi, Estonia.

He was noted for being the road manager and associate of Bob Dylan, as well as the co-writer of Janis Joplin's hit song "Mercedes Benz".

Neuwirth also introduced Kris Kristofferson to Joplin, who would have a major posthumous hit single with Kristofferson's song "Me and Bobby McGee", which Neuwirth first played for Joplin.