ME & BOBBY McGEE – Janis Joplin
#1 – March 20th, 1971
• Apollo 14 lifts off on the third successful lunar landing mission.
• Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in a lunar rover, a day after landing on the Moon.
• The Pentagon Papers would be published
• Cigarette commercials are banned from TV.
• The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.
• The US Ping Pong team is invited to play in China.
• Charles Manson & his “family” sentenced to death (Commuted to life in 1972)
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “Shaft”, “Dirty Harry” and “The Last Picture Show”
• T.V.: “All in the Family” “Sonny & Cher” and “Columbo” and “The Ed Sullivan Show” airs its final episode.
• Evel Knievel sets a world record and jumps 19 cars.
• Disney World opens in Orlando Florida.
• The London Bridge debuted in Lake Havasu.
• The first Voicemail machine became available.
• Jim Morrison
• Duane Allman
• Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster wrote the song.
• Originally performed by Roger Miller, and later by others, including Kristofferson himself.
• Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004 and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
• Among her classmates in High School was future Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.
• One of the last recordings Joplin completed was a birthday greeting for John Lennon on October 1, 1970. Lennon, whose birthday was October 9, later told Dick Cavett that her taped greeting arrived at his home after her death.
• Janis Joplin’s last album would contain her very last single release, “Me & Bobby McGee” your #1 @ 1 from March 1971.