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Although written by Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee is very much associated with Janis Joplin, who recorded the song for inclusion on her 1971 LP PEARL, a few days before her untimely death at the age of 27. The songs lyrics were apparently inspired by Boudleaux Bryant's Music Row secretary Barbara 'Bobby' McKee, who was referred to in a joke by Bryant, who claimed that the only reason the song's co-writer Fred Foster came to Bryant's office was to see his secretary. Foster pitched the idea to Kristofferson, who subsequently changed the name to McGee, and a song was born. Kristofferson had no idea that Joplin had recorded the song until the day after her death. Well in light of Joplin's death in October 1970, the song went to number one in the US Hot 100.