Musical Monday: Cover songs #5

I’m kicking off 2023 with a series of my favourite cover songs. It’s quite amazing how many artists cover one another’s songs. Sometimes they’re not artists you might expect, sometimes they are.

In 1971, Janis Joplin, who had dated its writer Kris Kristofferson, had a number one hit with “Me and Bobby McGee” from her posthumous album Pearl. It stayed on the number-one spot on the charts for weeks. It was in fact her only song to reach No. 1.

Lines such as “I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday” hit especially hard in light of the legendary singer’s premature death, and her unparalleled vocals make this one an enduring classic.

The song was originally performed by Roger Miller. Fred Foster shares the writing credit, as Kristofferson wrote the song based on a suggestion from Foster. Gordon Lightfoot released a version that reached number 1 on the Canadian country charts in 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis released a version that was number 1 on the country charts in December 1971/January 1972 as the “B” side of “Would You Take Another Chance On Me.”

Here’s Sheryl Crow giving Kristofferson a helping hand.


Which version do you prefer? Let me know below.


38 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cover songs #5

  1. Janis for me.
    Sheryl Crow was good but giving Kristofferson a helping hand is an understatement. Kris Kristofferson was woeful.

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  2. I used to have a recording of Kris Kristofferson singing it alone. That’s the one I used in my English classes, because it was fairly slow and easier for learners to understand.

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