This Kris Kristofferson songs page includes a video of Kris doing a completely different version of one of his most popular written songs, "Help Me Make It Through the Night".
You may remember this was a #1 song for Sammi Smith back in 1971.
Kristofferson was such a genius with words and music.
Kris actually recorded the song in 1969 on his first vinyl record album titled "Kristofferson". The vinyl LP album was released in 1970.
The Kris Kristofferson biography reveals a pretty interesting life. He earned a Rhodes scholarship, attained the rank of Captain while in the Army, became a helicopter pilot and completed Army Ranger School.
He has also been in several movies and received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1976 move A Star is Born.
But he is best known for his songwriting ability and nearly all of the Kris Kristofferson songs are written solely by him. His one drawback is his distinctively rough voice and anti-pop sound kept his own audience to a minimum.
Not so when he toured with The Highwaymen in 1985.
Watch this video and the other Highwaymen videos and notice how much fun these guys had playing together.
A really nice tempo for this original slow song.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Kristofferson in 1985, as did the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2006 he received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
I mentioned the Johnny Mercer Award because I know who Johnny Mercer is and some may not.
Johnny was a famous songwriter who wrote hundreds of songs but my favorite will always be "Moon River".
The song was included at our high school graduation dance and also won the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
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Any Jerry Lee Lewis biography will show Lewis as a huge Rock-n-roll legend, but he could sing country better than 90% of Nashville's best. Jerry Lee Lewis understood pure traditional country music.
The early 60's was still somewhat a time of innocence. The Angels sang of true love, dreamy boys, heartbreak, crying, and vengeance. They sang that vengeful song "My boyfriends back" with a passion.
"Crazy" by Patsy Cline. Is this the best Jukebox song ever? Click here and you decide.
"I think my dad's Big River is one of the most eloquent pieces of American poetry ever written." Rosanne Cash. Read more here.