If you’re a regular visitor here on Sleepy Sundays, you know Sleepy LaBeef, national treasure, covers just about everything under the sun. Some are obscure. Some you know well. Today’s tune is one of the latter.
When you think of “Me and Bobby McGee,” you probably think first of Janis Joplin and then, perhaps, of Kris Kristofferson. As well you should. Joplin had a No. 1 hit in 1971 with the tune Kristofferson co-wrote with Fred Foster.
And, yes, Sleepy has covered it.
But did you know …
Roger Miller and Gordon Lightfoot were the first to record it and chart with it, in the U.S. in 1969 and Canada in 1970, respectively?
That Kristofferson and — believe it or not — Bill Haley and the Comets also recorded it in 1970 before Joplin?
That the many others to have covered it include the Grateful Dead, Lonnie Donegan, Joan Baez, Olivia Newton-John, Brian McKnight and Pink … in addition to just about every country performer worth his or her salt.
Sleepy’s chugging, stomping version, complete with some rocking roadhouse piano, was recorded sometime during the ’70s at Singleton Sound Studio in Nashville.
“Me and Bobby McGee,” Sleepy LaBeef, from “The Human Jukebox,” 1995.