Me and Bobby McGee
by Janis Joplin
Influences on Janis JoplinKris Kristofferson is an important songwriter in the legacy of country music, influenced by Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Waylon Jennings. While writing this specific song, he was influenced by Mickey Newbury and Frederico Fellini’s film La Strada.
Janis Joplin career followed on the heels of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, but her strongest influences fall into the realm of the blues and soul music. She was influenced by the likes of Etta James, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner, but Joplin at one point cited the “empress of the blues” Bessie Smith as her greatest influence.