To most people, "Me and Bobby McGee" is a rock song. But country fans know better, since they're well-aware of how it was first introduced to the world.
Written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, "Me and Bobby McGee" was first recorded by country artist Roger Miller. Released in 1969, Miller's recording was a chart success, as it claimed the 12th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
More recordings followed Miller's, including ones by Kenny Rogers, the Statler Brothers, and Kristofferson himself. But rock star Janis Joplin was the one who experienced the most success with the song. Her recording was released posthumously in 1971, and reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Following the success of Joplin's recording, more artists from various genres stepped up to record their own renditions of the song. Just a few of those artists include Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Olivia Newton-John.
Owens once performed "Me and Bobby McGee" with his famous band the Buckaroos during an appearance on Hee Haw. Thankfully, footage from that performance is still available to watch, and it's a real treat.
The song's roots came through crystal clear in Owen's performance, which was as country as it gets. He sang it with such ease that if you didn't know any better, you'd swear he was the one that wrote it!
Tune in below to watch Owens' exceptional performance of "Me and Bobby McGee." It's country music at its finest!
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