Personalities | Kris Kristofferson | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1936)

Kristofferson grew up on country music in Texas, but college in California, a Rhodes scholarship to England and service as an army helicopter pilot convinced him that the times demanded a new kind of country lyric – one that owed as much to Bob Dylan as to Hank Williams. Kristofferson moved to Nashville in 1965 and began to write those lyrics, becoming Top 25 hits for Roy Drusky (‘Jody And The Kid’), Johnny Cash (‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’), Waylon Jennings (‘The Taker’), Roger Miller (‘Me And Bobby McGee’) and Sammi Smith (‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’). Kristofferson’s first two albums, 1970’s Kristofferson (a.k.a. Me And Bobby McGee) and 1971’s The Silver-Tongued Devil And I, contained his best songs, but he continued to record despite his limited voice.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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