I’m always fascinated when an artist sings a song that takes them out of their comfort zone or is not their usual genre, showcasing their talent and proving that they are not just a “one-trick pony”. I also appreciate when an artist takes a well-known song and makes it their own. “Surprising Songs Sung” will feature some of these songs that have caught my interest.
Kris Kristofferson wrote “Me and Bobby McGee” after the title was suggested to him by record producer, Fred Foster. Kristofferson tells the story in this “Performing Songwriter” article. The country song was first recorded by and was a hit for Roger Miller in 1969.
Janis Joplin’s version is, of course, the most well-known, and it added that famously soulful blues voice into the mix. It was recorded just shortly before she died and was released posthumously, becoming her only number one hit. Her version follows:
If you’ve only heard P!nk on the radio, you may think that she can only sing those beat-driven pop-rock songs that have been on the charts. Although in more recent years, her big ballads have been a showcase for her talent, in the early 2000’s she had hits like “Get the Party Started”, below:
This versatile singer had no trouble, though, doing an amazing version of “Me and Bobby McGee” at her AOL Sessions appearance in late 2003. Enjoy!