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Texas home marked as Joplin's former home

PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A home in Port Arthur, Texas, is now adorned with an official state historical marker informing people the late singer Janis Joplin used to live there.

Kris Kristofferson headed to hall of fame

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson has been tapped as the newest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Lorrie Collins born in Tahlequah, Okla., 1942. Cleveland Chenier dies of a stroke at age 69, 1971.
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Todayin Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include 1950s singer and disc jockey Jim Lowe, who was born in 1927 (age 76); bass player Mitch Jayne of the electric bluegrass band the Dillards in 1930 (age 73); Teresa Brewer in 1931 (age 72)...
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 15-21.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 3-9.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country singer and actor Jerry Reed in 1937 (age 66); Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer fame and also of Asia, in 1951 (age 52); Jimmy Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and the older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaugha
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the "Queen of Country Music" Kitty Wells in 1919 (age 83), John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1935, John McNally of the Searchers in 1941 (age 61), American Breed bassist Charles Colbert in 1944 (age 58), and Whitesnake'
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music, for Aug. 24-30.
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

(May 7) Today's birthdays include 1950s singer and disc jockey Jim Lowe, who was born in 1927 (age 75); bass player Mitch Jayne of the electric bluegrass band the Dillards in 1930 (age 72); Teresa Brewer in 1931 (age 71); Jimmy Ruffin in 1939 (age 63);
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(May 4) Today's birthdays include Maynard Ferguson, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy in 1931 (age 71); Ritchie Burns of the Hondells in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 20) Today's birthdays include country singer and actor Jerry Reed in 1937 (age 65); Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer fame and also of Asia, in 1951 (age 51); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 16) Today's birthdays include Jerry Lewis -- yes, THAT Jerry Lewis, who had a hit song in 1956 with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby" -- was born in 1926 (age 76); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
Wiki

"Me and Bobby McGee" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. Janis Joplin notably covered the song on the album Pearl. The song was recorded only a few days before her death in October 1970.

Some sources state that Gordon Lightfoot issued the first recorded version; another story tells how Kristofferson popped his head into the studio with freshly written verses as Roger Miller was recording the song. Regardless, Miller was the first artist to have a hit with the song, peaking with it at #12 on the US country charts in 1969. Lightfoot's version hit #13 pop, and #1 country in his native Canada in 1970. In a 2008 autobiography, Don Reid and Harold Reid of the Statler Brothers say Kristofferson promised it to them, but when they later inquired about recording it, they learned Miller had already cut the song. The Reids say there were no hard feelings, and were happy about Miller's success with the song. The song was later included on a Statler Brothers album, but was not released as a single.

By far the best known recording is by Janis Joplin on her 1971 Pearl album. Kristofferson had sung the song for Joplin but did not know she had covered it until after her death. Joplin's version topped the charts to become her only number one single and only the second posthumous number one single in rock & roll history (the first was "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding). In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Bobby McGee."
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