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. He 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.
"Tear Time" takes you through a feminine emotional experience and will touch your heart with the lyrics, "All it takes is the smallest thought of you...Then tear time starts crying all night through." Read more...
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It's been more than fifty years since I heard this wonderful old tune.
A song I heard only a few times back in 1964, but from the first note of this memory filled song, I was swimming in a sea of nostalgia. Read more...
"We almost didn't put it on an album. We were sitting around listening to it going...naaah, that's a chick song." Billy Joel...
Song of the year and Record of the year in 1978. Read more...
Nobody comes close to Patsy on this cover of an all-time favorite, "You Belong to Me." Read more.
A truly beautiful song with words that reflect the long lasting meaning of love.
"But just tell me you love me and you are only mine...
And our love will go on 'til the end of time." Read more...