Who's asking: The Lechners
I'm allowed to take an easy question once in a while.
Renaissance man Kris Kristofferson (Rhodes scholar, Army officer, helicopter pilot, songwriter, actor) wrote this song with Fred Foster (most famous for being the man who gave Dolly Parton her first record deal). "Bobby McGee" is a woman in Kristofferson's version of the song; the song has also been recorded by Roger Miller, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Haley & the Comets (!), The Grateful Dead, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and - erk - Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The ultimate version, of course, is Janis Joplin's. I never think of Janis Joplin as a Top 40 musical act, but her cover of "Me & Bobby McGee" was a #1 single.
This week is going to be crazy, and posts are likely to be short. I leave Wednesday afternoon for Los Angeles, and have a lot to do between now and then.