Me and Bobby McGee: JANIS JOPLIN

Australian singles chart:
Janis Joplin’s version of Me and Bobby McGee entered the Kent charts on 15 March 1971 and was a #1 hit. The song was #15 in the Top 100 of 1971.

The song is on Pearl which entered the Kent album charts on 12 April 1971. It reached #1 on 17 May 1971 where it stayed for 5 weeks.

Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster

Paul A. Rothchild

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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.
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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.
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