Rhodes Scholar, songwriting legend, acclaimed actor, veteran and a personal style icon; Happy birthday to Kris Kristofferson!

Just a suggestion: Kris Kristofferson records always turn up in thrift stores/flea markets for a buck. Get them. The man’s songwriting is on par with Townes, Willie, Johnny or any other legend of American country/folk.

Watch Drunk History relay the amazing story of how a then unknown Kristofferson delivered his song, Sunday Morning Coming Down, to his future champion, Johnny Cash.

Watch Kris and Johnny team up on that very classic

And then dig on some of his classics, including my favorite, Loving Her Was Easier, which was featured in his debut starring performance, Cisco Pike, where he shared billing with Karen Black, Gene Hackman and Harry Dean Stanton.

Here’s two versions of the song made famous by Janis Joplin’s cover, with the Isle of Wight performance being a particularly bizarre event, in front of what was apparently, a fairly hostile crowd.

This one with collaborator, Rita Coolidge, being much less, uh, troublesome

One Kristofferson LP that you’re unlikely to score in a thrift is Light In The Attic Records, 2010 release, Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72, which I cannot recommend highly enough.


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