One of the most beloved and admired country music artists of all time is the great Kris Kristofferson. He is certainly a living legend whose influence in country music is invariably massive. His hits are for the most part taken up and declined. One of the original Highwaymen (the others are Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnn Cash), he and Willie Nelson are still carrying on the legacy of the Outlaw movement.
His legacy is his songs. Songs that cemented Kristofferson’s place in country music and as a legend. With that, we serve you 5 of Kristofferson’s many great songs. Here are 5 songs (in no particular order) that proved his love for country music.
1. “Why me, Lord”
It is Kristofferson’s most popular country gospel song. The song is very personal to him because he thought he didn’t need other people’s help, but he was wrong. After going to church on a Sunday, he was struck by the pastor’s question, “Does anyone feel lost?” and “Are you ready to accept Christ?” Kneel there. This shook Kristofferson. Later he said, “It was just a personal thing that I was going through at the time. I had some kind of experience that I can’t even explain. This was the beginning why he wrote this magnificent hymn.
2. “Help me get through the night”
The million-selling, award-winning song is considered one of the most sexual songs of its time, earning singer Sammi Smith her Grammy. In the video below, Kristofferson sings with his ex-wife Rita Coolidge.
3. “When I Loved Her”
One of Kristofferson’s emotional compositions, this song was later recorded by Ray Price and gave him a peak. Although different in their vocal style, the two artists made two separate recordings which were deeply appreciated by fans.
4. “The Silver-tongued Devil and Me”
This 1971 song is set in a bar with a man trying to pick up a woman and watching her waltz into someone else’s arms. But, he guesses the two aren’t that different in their personalities. The mystery of the song is whether or not he is sorry for his actions. (Billboard)
5. “Loving him was easier (than anything I’ll ever do again)”
Another 1971 hit, this song was made more popular by Tompall and the Glaser Brothers ten years after its release.
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