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Classic Rewind: Kris Kristofferson – ‘Me And Bobby McGee’

Kris Kristofferson wrote this clasic song at the behest of Fred Foster.  The recently promoted janitor got a call from the producer who told the the young songwriter he had an idea for a song, and gave Kris the title – the name of Foster’s then-secretary Bobby McKee – and the basic premise: Bobby is a girl, and the two are travelling around.  That weekend, Kris wrote the now-classic song, and included it on his debut album. But it was Roger Miller who had the country hit with it in 1969, though Janis Joplin’s now-classic 1971 rock cover is the most famous version.

3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Kris Kristofferson – ‘Me And Bobby McGee’

  1. luckyoldsun May 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome. This is like a short story or a novella. The song is its own video. “Bobbie McGee” and Ian Tyson’s “Four Strong Winds” seem to be the songs that no hall-of-famer could resist singing.

  2. pwdennis May 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Roger Miller’s version of the song was my first exposure to the song and remains my favorite version of the song

  3. Carlos Gilbert June 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Janis’ version is still my favourite though Kris singing it has indeed a special taste, no doubt about it.

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