A report on Me and Bobby McGee

Side A of the US single

Song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller.

- Me and Bobby McGee
Side A of the US single

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Kristofferson in 2018

Kris Kristofferson

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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.

Joplin in 1970

Janis Joplin

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American singer and musician.

American singer and musician.

Joplin in 1970
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

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.

Fred Foster

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

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

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.

Lewis in 2009

Jerry Lee Lewis

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American singer, songwriter, and pianist.

American singer, songwriter, and pianist.

Lewis in 2009
An exhibit at the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, Louisiana representing "Ferriday's Famous Cousins"; from left to right: Jimmy Swaggart, Lewis and Mickey Gilley
Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where Lewis began his career and recorded many of his most famous singles
Publicity photo of Lewis, c. 1950s
Lewis performing with Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash on The Johnny Cash Christmas Special in November 1977
Lewis performing in 1977
Lewis performing in 2009
Lewis performing at the Rhythm Festival in Bedford, England in 2006
Lewis performing in 2006
Lewis' "Brass Note" at the Beale Street Walk of Fame in Memphis
Jerry Lee Lewis Avenue in Ferriday, Louisiana
Mugshot in 1976
The gate to Lewis' ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi

His No. 1 country hits included "To Make Love Sweeter for You", "There Must Be More to Love Than This", "Would You Take Another Chance on Me" and "Me and Bobby McGee".

Pearl (Janis Joplin album)

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

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.

Kristofferson (album)

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Debut album of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, which was produced by Fred Foster and released in June 1970 by Monument Records.

Debut album of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, which was produced by Fred Foster and released in June 1970 by Monument Records.

Foster included on the sessions Kristofferson's material that other artists had already recorded including "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "Me and Bobby McGee", as well as his new compositions.

Miller in 1975

Roger Miller

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American singer-songwriter, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me", and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

American singer-songwriter, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me", and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

Miller in 1975
Miller performing "Husbands and Wives" on the set of his television show in 1966

The next year, he was first to cover Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee," taking the song to No. 12 on country charts.

Lightfoot performing at Interlochen, Michigan, in 2009

Gordon Lightfoot

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Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music.

Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music.

Lightfoot performing at Interlochen, Michigan, in 2009
Lightfoot, right, at a music industry function in Toronto in 1965
Performing in Toronto, 2008, playing his twelve-string guitar
Lightfoot's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

The album also featured a second recorded version of "Me and Bobby McGee", as well as "The Pony Man", "Your Love's Return (Song for Stephen Foster)", and "Minstrel of the Dawn".

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (album)

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Fourth album by the group The First Edition.

Fourth album by the group The First Edition.

2) "Me and Bobby McGee" (Kris Kristofferson)

Bob Neuwirth

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

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

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.