Kris Kristofferson is a country music legend. He has written some of the genre’s greatest music including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” He was a member of the iconic Highwaymen with fellow legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In the early 1970s, he released several albums that sold really well: Kristofferson (1970), The Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971), Border Lord (1972), Jesus Was a Capricorn (1972), and Full Moon (1973) with Rita Coolidge. After focusing his time and energy on acting, Kristofferson release his fifth studio album, Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (1974).
It did not sell well. Since that time, his music has struggled on the charts but done quite well for other artists. In 1971, Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” was recorded and released by Janis Joplin. It eventually became her second number one hit. Other artists that have recorded Kristofferson’s tunes include Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Page, O.C. Smith, and Bobby Bare. As for his acting career, Kristofferson has appeared in such notable films as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, A Star Is Born, First Blood, the Blade trilogy, and the most famous flop of all-time, Heaven’s Gate. Before becoming a big star, Kristofferson was a Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Army captain, janitor, and helicopter pilot.