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Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan Mutual Admiration – Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson





Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936)

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“Dylan’s probably my biggest hero as an artist, songwriter and singer”
– Kris Kristofferson

We have chosen to take a look into the relationship between Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, and as expected it is harder to find quotes from Dylan than Kristofferson.

Dylan and Kristofferson go back a long time. Kris Kristofferson was a janitor in a Nashville studio when Dylan was recording Blonde on Blonde in 1966. They both appeared in the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid” and they have recorded and performed each others’ material. Dylan covered Kristofferson’s  They Killed Him on his album,  Knocked Out Loaded.

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Kris Kristofferson talks about Bob Dylan and other influences 1984

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Bob Dylan was a bigger influence than Beatles or Elvis
– Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson talks about his many song writing influences. Among them are John Prine, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Mick Newbury (and more). Kristofferson is a great story teller and has incredibly good taste.

He also talks about Dylan’s impact on popular music in general.

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August 24: Kris Kristofferson released The Austin Sessions in 1999


Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

For us this album contains ultimate versions of many of Kris’s best songs. Not many music writers seems to agree… too bad, because if you really listen to this album you will get it. This is the way these songs are supposed to sound, stripped down and sung with all of his big heart & soul.

 

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Playlist: 20 Overlooked gems from Kris Kristofferson

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“…beer for breakfast”

 

20 Overlooked gems from Kris Kristofferson

KristofferKrisKristofferson (born June 22, 1936)  songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is best known for writing and recording such hits as “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, including starring roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

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Kris Kristofferson: Here Comes That Rainbow Again

June 1998.Actor Kris Kristofferson.

 

 

The scene was a small roadside cafe
The waitress was sweepin’ the floor
Two truck drivers drinkin’ their coffee
And two okie kids by the door

“Here Comes That Rainbow” is one of my fav Kris Kristofferson songs.

Here are some great live versions by Kris & Johnny Cash.

Dec 1984:

How much are them candies, they asked her
How much have you got, she replied
We’ve only a penny between us
Them’s two for a penny, she lied

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