August 8, 1970 ~ Enjoying some libations at a nearby bar before her concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Pearl writes the song “Mercedes Benz,” which she sings that night. The song has grown in lore over the years — Bobby Womack says he inspired Janis after a ride in his Mercedes-Benz 600. Others say the lyrics were born from the San Francisco beat poet Michael McClure, “Come on, God, and buy me a Mercedes Benz.”
The song was recorded for all of us to hear on October 1, 1970 and appeared on Pearl released in ’71. It was the last track to be laid down before her death on October 4, 1970.