Singer, songwriter Kris Kristofferson
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Actor
birth name: Kristoffer Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

June 22, 1936, Brownsville, TX

Kris Kristofferson's success in movies and on television tends to obscure his considerable accomplishments as a songwriter and vocal performer. In fact, the lanky Texas native established his career by writing and singing country music; his mournful lyrics and deceptively simple melodies helped to define the ‘progressive’ Nashville sound in the late 1960s. Esquire contributor Tom Burke notes that Kristofferson is “one of the most respected, and his work among the most often performed, of contemporary songwriters. He is highly paid not only for the writing of songs but for the singing of them.” In Best of the Music Makers, George T. Simon calls Kristofferson “a balladeer of the dispossessed, the troubadour of losing and losers,” who has brought “a gentle intensity to his portraits of frustration, defeat, and lost romance.” ~ Allmusic: Kris Kristofferson ~ retrieved July 2, 2013 © Allmusic

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June 22, 1968 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Simon & Garfunkel, Mrs Robinson ~ #2 (5) Richard Harris, MacArthur Park ~ #1 (2) Herb Alpert, This Guy's In Love With You

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Kris Kristofferson ~ Inducted in the 1985 Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

As a Writer or co-writer

Johnny Cash ~ Sunday Morning Coming Down (Kristofferson) ~ Ranked #6 Rolling Stone 40 Saddest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ Ray Stevens recorded “Sunday” first, but Cash's version - with all the pathos a phrase like “nothin' short of dyin' that's half as lonesome as the sound” deserves - was the one that made it to Number One. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

Highwaymen

Formed in 1985, the group did not have an official name when they released their first album on Columbia Records. The album, entitled Highwayman, was credited to “Nelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson.” The single Highwayman, a Jimmy Webb cover, became a No. 1 country hit. ~ Wikipedia: Highwaymen ~ retrieved July 11, 2013 © Wikipedia

The Highwaymen ~ The Road Goes On Forever (1995) ~ #480 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time



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