|Me and Bobby McGee|
Released July 1969
Recorded May 16, 1969
Me and Bobby McGee" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller, and later by others including Kristofferson himself, and also Janis Joplin, who topped the U.S. singles chart with the song in 1971.
Some sources incorrectly state that Gordon Lightfoot issued the first recorded version. In fact, Lightfoot sang this new song after a detailed tribute to Kris Kristofferson in a CBC broadcast from the summer 1969 Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) Festival.
In his introduction, Gordon clearly referred disparagingly to the Miller version and said he intended recording it himself "the way it should be done."
Janis Joplin also covered the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death in October 1970. Kristofferson had sung the song for Joplin, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her.
Kristofferson, however, did not know she had covered it until after her death (the first time he heard it was the day after she died).
In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked No. 148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.