I’ll be the first to admit it took me way too long to figure out Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee.” Dozens of artists have recorded and performed the song over the years, but none quite like Janis Joplin and her 1971 version, which reached No. 1 after her untimely death.
Kristofferson’s version of the song was used on the soundtrack for “Two-Lane Blacktop” and he’s also said the film “La Strada” was a bit of inspiration for writing the song.
In 1982, Kristofferson performed it on the legendary Austin City Limits stage and it was better than any other artists’ recording of it.
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