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Kris Kristofferson, back in the day

Nov. 1: Our mission today is to mark the anniversary of Kris Kristofferson’s 1965 arrival in Nashville, after he’d given up a chance for an Army career to try to make it as a songwriter. We all know how that turned out. Here’s one that Bobby Bare took into the Top 10 in 1971 for his new label, Mercury Records.

Kristofferson had bigger hits around that time. You might have heard of them: “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For The Good Times,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” But I like this, a straight-ahead country number, delivered in the understated style Bare favored in his early career. The song’s other interpreters include George Jones, Rodney Crowell, Bill Anderson, Norma Jean and Sammy Davis Jr.

Kristofferson has won a passel of awards and honors, and will add another next week, when he will be named a BMI Icon. Learn about him via the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Internet Movie Database.

Let’s not forget the great Bobby Bare, either. Check out his profile at