Crystal Bowersox’s “Bobby McGee” On Top of Billboard

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One of the best bits of Tuesday night’s episode of “American Idol” — which was engrossed on songs that had stroked No. 1 on the pop charts — was Crystal Bowersox’s performance. Equipped with her trusty guitar and her captivating voice, the rocker sang “Me and Bobby McGee,” which turned up the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

This is getting a bit outmoded, but with Crystal’s track record, she is pretty much sure to win the competition. Her version of Janis Joplin’s “Bobby McGee” was just about perfect, and people dare say right up there with the original.

There’s such a bittersweet sensation within the lyrics of “Bobby,” as well as in the story at the rear of it. The song was composed by country legends Kris Kristofferson, who has had a series of hits and triumphs himself. And Fred Foster, who created and produced much of Roy Orbison’s most excellent exertion and helped out in introducing the world to Dolly Parton, and was recorded by “King of the Road” singer Roger Miller and Canadian folk king Gordon Lightfoot in 1969 and 1970, correspondingly.

Conjointly of those renditions turned out to be hits, but neither was as immense as the one recorded by Joplin, who was friends and intermittent lovers with Kristofferson. The melancholic growler recorded the song without his awareness for her solo album Pearl, which she slashed with the Full Tilt Boogie Band.

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