It remains one of the most powerful intersections of a miracle song with a powerful performance. Because, as Kris says in the following, she made it her own. Sadly, he never heard her recording of it until after she died of a heroin overdose while making the album.
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How It All Began
It's often misinterpreted as Kristofferson's love song to Joplin, because her bluesy rendition has overshadowed all other versions. She recorded the song right before her death in and it topped the U. McKee, whose last name is now Eden, was a year-old working as Bryant's secretary and went by the nickname Bobbie. I think you're coming to see Bobbie,'" Foster said. Kristofferson was one of Foster's newest hires, a Texas-born athlete and Army veteran who loved William Blake. He had been trying to break through as a songwriter, even working as a janitor in a Music Row recording studio. After hearing some of his songs, Foster said he would only hire Kristofferson as a songwriter if he also signed a record deal. In , Foster called up Kristofferson with the song title idea with the hook that Bobby was a woman. Kristofferson apparently took his own liberties, changing McKee to McGee, and invented a road song story about a pair of travelers who drifted apart. In Joplin's version, she switched the genders and made Bobby a man.
Forty-five years after Janis Joplin posthumously took the song to No. Newswire reports that producer Fred Foster has confirmed the story behind the song, which started when Foster's friend, songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, teased him that he only visited Bryant's offices to see his secretary, Barbara "Bobby" McKee. Inspired by the wisecrack, Foster approached Kristofferson, then a young songwriter on his roster. As Performing Songwriter detailed in a article, Foster pitched the idea for a song he titled "Me and Bobby McKee" — with the twist in the hook, of course, being that the "Bobby" in question was female.