Australian charts: 1971
“Me and Bobby McGee” is a song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and originally performed by Roger Miller. A posthumously released version by Janis Joplin topped the US singles chart in 1971.
According to the Brownsville-born Kristofferson, the title came from producer and Monument Records founder Fred Foster who called him up one night with a title but no song. He pitched Kristofferson “Me and Bobby McKee” with the songwriter mishearing it as “McGee.” The new name stuck.
Who was Bobby McKee though? Barbara “Bobby” McKee was a secretary at an office that Foster would visit on Nashville’s Music Row. She was apparently cute enough for Foster to need to make frequent visits to.
Janis Joplin’s version of Me and Bobby McGee reached no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in May 1971.
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