Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Legend: Kris Kristofferson Turns 85 Today

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Another day, another legend’s birthday.

Kris Kristofferson, one of the longest living legends in all of country music turns 85 today, so it’s time we celebrate all that he has done for the genre.

Through iconic storytelling and outlaw attitude, the man has forever left his mark on the country music world, as well as  Hollywood.

Most known for his legendary songs “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” both of which in which he wrote, we still see those songs name dropped into today’s country music. That’s when you know you’ve gained the respect from country music artists far and wide.

He also has the songwriting credits for other hits such as “For the Good Times,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and more.

We also can’t forget his stint with the Highwaymen, a country music super group comprised of Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash, who was actually the first country artist to help put him on the map.

He even boasts two CMA awards, two ACM awards, a Golden Globe, an Americana Music award, four Grammy’s, and a number of acting credits to his name, including his role as the lead in the original A Star Is Born. And who could forget his role as the heart attack dad in He’s Just Not That Into You (I’m kidding, but not really).

So cheers to you, Kris, the country music world will forever be changed with the help of your hands.

Here’s a 1979 performance of “Me and Bobby McGee”

And “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”

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