Me and Bobby McGee

Starting and ending with ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ made famous by Janis Joplin, we made a playlist powered by Hittin’Around. It has Question Mark & The Mysterians, Big Maybelle, Alexis Korner, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.

IMAGE : Photo by Sarah Muenzinger

Rolling Stone: Joplin’s only number One hit was a posthumous one, and a country, not a blues, song. “Me and Bobby McGee” came from her drinking buddy and occasional crush Kris Kristofferson. : But Bobby McGee did more than generate hits: it literally changed the face of country music, redirecting it toward the outlaw movement that dominated the charts for most of the ’70s. Once Kristofferson’s unflinching songs of drunkenness, betrayal, degradation, and despair struck a chord with country audiences.

NPR : I remember it very distinctly, says Lewis. “I cut the song, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.’ Was cut the first time. I knew it was a hit when I cut it. [Sun Studio founder] Sam Phillips thought it was gonna be too risque, it couldn’t make it. If that’s risque, well, I’m sorry.”

PLAYLIST : Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee () . Jerry Lee Lewis – Me And Bobby McGhee () . Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On () . Big Maybelle – Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On () . Big Maybelle – 96 Tears () . Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears () . Question Mark & The Mysterians – Stormy mo () . Alexis Korner – Stormy monday () . Alexis Korner – Get Off My Cloud () . The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud () . The Rolling Stones – Little red rooster () . Muddy Waters – Red Rooster () . Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working () . Manfred Man – Got My Mojo Working () . Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy () . The Neurotic s – Do Wah Diddy () . The Neurotics – Love Me Do () . Janis Joplin – Somebody To Love () .

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