|"Me and Bobby McGee"|
|Single by Roger Miller|
|from the album Roger Miller 1970|
|Recorded||May 16, 1969|
|Roger Miller singles chronology|
"Me and Bobby McGee" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and songwriter Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. 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. Billboard ranked Joplin's version as the No. 11 song for 1971.
The suggestion for the title came from producer and Monument Records founder Fred Foster. Kristofferson did not write the song for Joplin, but it became strongly associated with her after her death.
The song is the story of two drifters, the narrator and Bobby McGee. The couple hitch a ride from a truck driver and sing as they drive through the American south. They visit California and then part ways, with the song's narrator expressing sadness afterwards. Due to the singer's name never being mentioned and the name "Bobby" being easily identifiable to both sexes, the song has been recorded by both male and female singers with only minor changes needed to the lyrical content.
|"Me and Bobby McGee"|
|Single by Janis Joplin|
|from the album Pearl|
|Released||January 11, 1971|
|Recorded||September 5 - October 1, 1970|
|Genre||Blues rock, country rock|
|Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster|
|Paul A. Rothchild|
Roger Miller was the first artist to record the song and it appeared at No. 12 on the U.S. country chart in 1969.Gordon Lightfoot's version hit No. 13 on the pop music chart and No. 1 country music chart in his native country of Canada in 1970. The song was included on a Statler Brothers album but was not released as a single.
Joplin recorded the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death in October 1970. Studio musician Stephen Ryder manned the keyboard for that session, and famously "Got a little carried away." Kristofferson had sung the song for her, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her. Kristofferson did not know she had recorded it until after her death. The first time he heard her recording of it was the day after she died. Joplin's version topped the charts to become her only number one single and in 2004, her version of this song was ranked No. 148 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||12|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||22|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||3|