Kris Kristofferson

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Kris Kristofferson

American country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor add

Category: Music

Born in 1936.

Countries: United States (79%), United Kingdom (8%), (4%)

Main connections: Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings

Linked to: Broadcast Music Incorporated, Claremont Colleges, Country Music Association, Merton College, Oxford




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Kris Kristofferson was born in 1936 add something


An aspiring writer, Kristofferson enrolled in Pomona College in 1954 add something


He and classmates revived the Claremont Colleges Rugby Club in 1958, which has remained a Southern California rugby dynasty add something


Kris became a member of Kappa Delta Fraternity at Pomona College, graduating in 1958 with a BA, "summa cum laude" in Literature add something


During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division add something


In 1960, Kristofferson graduated with a BPhil in English literature and married his long-time girlfriend, Fran Beer add something


In 1960, Kristofferson married his high-school sweetheart Frances Beer add something


Dolly Parton - The following year, "Treasures", an album of covers of 1960s and '70s hits was released, and featured a diverse collection of material, including songs by Mac Davis, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Cat_Stevens, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell


After leaving the Army in 1965, Kristofferson moved to Nashville add something


In 1965, when his tour of duty ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English Literature at West Point add something


Lawrence Joel - Kris Kristofferson gives a prelude speech to the song in which he recognizes Joel and his heroic feats on the 8th of November, 1965 in Vietnam


During Kristofferson's janitorial stint for Columbia, Bob Dylan recorded his landmark 1966 album "Blonde on Blonde" at the studio add something


In 1966, Dave Dudley released a successful Kristofferson single, "Viet Nam Blues" add something


In 1967, Kristofferson signed to Epic Records and released a single, "Golden Idol"/"Killing Time", but the song was not successful add something


Merle Haggard - Haggard performed his 1968 song Okie from Muskogee at the 56th Annual Grammy *awards on January 26, 2014 with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Blake Shelton


They had two children, a daughter, Tracy, and a son, Kris, before divorcing in 1969 add something


Me and Bobby McGee - Lightfoot sang the song after a detailed tribute to Kris Kristofferson in a CBC broadcast from the summer 1969 Charlottetown Festival


His debut album for Monument in 1970 was "Kristofferson", which included a few new songs as well as many of his previous hits add something


Ray Price , Waylon Jennings , Bobby Bare , Johnny Cash and Sammi Smith all recorded successful versions of his songs in the early 1970s add something


Mack Trucks - Five 1970s Mack RS700 series trucks were used in the motion picture "Convoy" starring Kris Kristofferson as Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald and Ali MacGraw as Melissa


Grady Martin - In the early 1970s, Martin played on many records by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, worked with Kris Kristofferson and produced the country-rock band Brush Arbor


Lena Martell - She had released a number of standards throughout the 1970s on the Pye record label and was a popular draw on the cabaret circuit, but her gospel-tinged country cover of the song written by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson proved to be an unlikely success at the height of disco and new wave, topping the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November 1979


Sancho Gracia - Since he has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures including several Hollywood productions during the 1970s and in 1999's "Outlaw Justice" with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson


Mickey Newbury - The influence of the production methods can be heard in the albums Waylon Jennings went on to record in the 1970s and his poetically sophisticated style of songwriting was highly influential on Kris Kristofferson


In 1971, Janis Joplin, who dated Kristofferson for some time until her death, had a number-1 hit with "Me and Bobby McGee" from her posthumous "Pearl" add something


In 1971, he acted in "Cisco Pike" and released his third album, "Border Lord"; the album was all-new material and sales were sluggish add something


Kristofferson released his second album, "The Silver Tongued Devil and I" in 1971; the album was a success and established Kristofferson's career as a recording artist in his own right add something


Steve Goodman - Later in 1971, Goodman was playing at a Chicago bar called the Quiet Knight as the opening act for Kris Kristofferson


Kristofferson's 1972 fourth album, "Jesus Was a Capricorn" initially had slow sales, but the third single, "Why Me", was a success and significantly increased album sales add something


Katy Jurado - In 1972 she starred in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", directed by Sam Peckinpah, with Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, among others


Doug Sahm - In 1972, he and the Quintet appeared with Kris Kristofferson in "Cisco Pike" and in 1979 he was featured in "More American Graffiti"


In 1973, he married singer Rita Coolidge and together they had one child, Casey Kristofferson add something


They married in 1973 and released an album titled "Full Moon", another success buoyed by numerous hit singles and Grammy nominations add something


However, his fifth album, "Spooky Lady's Sideshow", released in 1974, was a commercial failure, setting the trend for most of the rest of his career add something


Arizona - The 1974 film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", for which Ellen Burstyn won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and starring Kris Kristofferson, was set in Tucson


Barbara Carroll - In 1975 she was asked by Rita Coolidge to work on a session for A&M. Then in 1978 she toured with Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson


Ronee Blakley - During the 1976 presidential campaign, she toured performing before the speeches of Jerry Brown and later performed at the final Los Angeles rally of Walter Mondale with Kris Kristofferson


Gary Busey - In 1976 he was hired by Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters to play Bobby Ritchie, road manager to Kris Kristofferson's character in the remake film "A Star is Born"


A Star Is Born (1976 film) - "'A Star Is Born"' is a 1976 American rock music musical film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline


Barbara Carroll - In 1978 she toured with Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson


Convoy (1978 film) - "'Convoy"' is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali_MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young


Meanwhile, more artists took his songs to the top of the charts, including Willie Nelson, whose 1979 LP release of "Willie Nelson Sings Kris Kristofferson" proved to be a smash success add something


On November 18, 1979, Kristofferson and Coolidge appeared on the Muppet Show add something


Donna Summer - In 1979, Summer performed at the world-televised Music for UNICEF Concert, joining contemporaries such as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson for a TV special that raised funds and awareness for the world's children


In 1982, Kristofferson participated on "The Winning Hand", a double album consisting of remastered and updated performances of recordings the four artists had made for the Monument label during the mid-1960s; the album reached the top-ten on the U.S. country album charts add something


Brenda Lee - A 1982 album, "The Winning Hand", featuring Lee along with Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, was a surprise hit, reaching the top ten on the U.S. country albums chart


In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup "The Highwaymen" add something


In 1985, Kristofferson starred in "Trouble in Mind" and released "Repossessed", a politically aware album that was a country success, particularly "They Killed Him" , a tribute to his heroes, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus, and Mahatma Gandhi add something


The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Kristofferson in 1985, as had the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977 add something


The single from the album "Highwayman", titled "Highwayman," was awarded the ACM's single of the year in 1985 add something


In 1986, he starred in "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James" with Johnny Cash add something


Veronica Porsche Ali - She played a tour guide, Ranger Emily, in the 1986 film "Terror on Alcatraz" and made a cameo appearance in "Freedom Road" starring Ali and Kris Kristofferson


In 1989, he was the male lead in the film "Millennium" with Cheryl Ladd add something


In spite of the success of "Highwayman 2" in 1990, Kristofferson's solo recording career slipped significantly in the early 1990s, though he continued to record successfully with the Highwaymen add something


Lee Clayton - Also in 1990, The Highwaymen, an outlaw country supergroup comprising Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, had a minor hit with a song of his, "Silver Stallion", which had previously appeared on "Border Affair"


Travis Tritt - He made an appearance in the 1997 film "Fire Down Below", starring Steven Seagal and Kris Kristofferson


In 1998, he took a role in the film "Blade", playing alongside Wesley Snipes as Blade's mentor Abraham Whistler add something


In 1999, he co-starred with Mel Gibson in "Payback" add something


Johnny Cash - At an all-star concert which aired in 1999 on TNT, a diverse group of artists paid him tribute, including Bob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Willie_Nelson, Dom DeLuise and U2


Mark Knopfler - Knopfler is featured on Kris Kristofferson's album "The Austin Sessions", released in 1999 by Atlantic Records


Alaska - The 1999 John Sayles film "Limbo", starring David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Kris Kristofferson, was filmed in Juneau


He was in the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes add something


They saw it as a rejection of everything they stood for, in spite of the fact that Kristofferson has said he is proud of his time in the military, and received the AVA "Veteran of the Year award" in 2003 add something


In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame add something


In 2004, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame add something


In a 2004 interview with "Pomona College Magazine", Kristofferson mentioned philosophy professor Frederick Sontag as an important influence in his life add something


Jonathan Elias - In 2004, he released "American River", a work combining piano and string quartet compositions with spoken word performances by Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash and Johnny Cash


In 2006, he received the Johnny Mercer award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and released his first album full of new material in 11 years; "This Old Road" add something


Tony Kaye (director) - He won a Grammy in 2006 for the famous Johnny Cash video "God's Gonna Cut You Down" with cameo appearances by Bono, Johnny Depp, Kanye West, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Iggy Pop, The Dixie Chicks, Brian Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Keith Richards, Chris Martin, Sharon Stone, Lisa Marie Presley, Flea, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jones, Jay-Z, Kris Kristofferson, Owen_Wilson, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Amy Lee


Jennifer Aniston - In 2006, Aniston directed a hospital emergency room-set short film called "Room 10", starring Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson as part of "Glamour"'s Reel Moments film series


On April 21, 2007, Kristofferson won CMT's Johnny Cash Visionary award add something


In July 2007, Kristofferson was featured on CMT's "Studio 330 Sessions" where he played many of his hits add something


On June 13, 2008, Kristofferson performed an acoustic in the round set with Patty Griffin and Randy Owen for a special taping of a PBS songwriters series to be aired in December add something


Lisa Marie Presley - Rick Rubin produced the record and Tony Kaye directed the video which featured Lisa Marie Presley, Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Flea, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Jay-Z, Keith Richards and Johnny Depp and won a 2008 Grammy *award for Best Short Form Music Video


Patty Griffin - On June 13, 2008 Griffin performed an acoustic in the round set in Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee with Kris Kristofferson and Randy Owen for a special taping of a PBS songwriters series aired in December 2008


Kristofferson released a new album of original songs entitled "Closer to the Bone" on September 29, 2009 add something


On November 10, 2009, Kristofferson was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Country awards add something


In December 2009, it was announced that Kristofferson would be portraying Joe in the upcoming album "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County", a collaboration between rock singer John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King add something


On May 11, 2010, Light in the Attic Records is releasing demos that were recorded during Kristofferson's janitorial stint at Columbia add something


Dwight Yoakam - He appeared in "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride", an independent 2010 Western that stars fellow country singer Kris Kristofferson


Merle Haggard - At a December 5, 2010 gala in Washington, D.C. he was honored with musical performances by Kris Kristofferson, Willie_Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley


In 2011, he co-starred with Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble in "Dolphin Tale" and the 2014 sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2" add something


On June 4, 2011, Kristofferson performed a solo acoustic show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, showcasing both some of his original hits made famous by other artists, and newer songs add something


In 2012, Kristofferson was in "Joyful Noise" with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah add something


The Motel Life (film) - "'The Motel Life"' is a 2012 American drama film starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, and Kris Kristofferson


In 2013, Kristofferson co-starred in "The Motel Life" opposite Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, and Dakota Fanning add something


Stephen Dorff - In 2013, he was a guest of honor on 6th Off Plus Camera Dorff starred in "The Motel Life" opposite Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson and in the crime drama films Officer Downe


Harry Dean Stanton - Stanton is the subject of a 2013 documentary titled "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction", directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips; interviews with collaborators including Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and David_Lynch; and Stanton's singing


A live album titled "An Evening With Kris Kristofferson" will be availible in September 2014 add something


Merle Haggard - On January 26, 2014, Haggard performed his 1969 song "Okie from Muskogee" at the 56th Annual Grammy *awards along with Kris Kristofferson, Willie_Nelson, and Blake Shelton


In an interview for Las Vegas Magasine Q&A by BY MATT KELEMEN on 23 October 2015, he informs that the new album, "The Cedar Creek Sessions, recorded in Austin, includes some old and some new songs add something


It was announced June 1, 2016 that he is suffering from Lyme Disease add something


In December 2016, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album add something


As of December of 2017, Kristofferson has been married to his wife Lisa Kristofferson for 36 years add something


As of December 2017, Kristofferson has been married to Lisa Kristofferson for 36 years add something