Kris Kristofferson

Country Music Songwriter + Singer and Actor.
Born Jun 22, 1936

Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American musician, actor, and writer. He is known for such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on June 22, 1936.


1954 18 Years Old Like most "military brats," Kristofferson moved around frequently as a youth, finally settling down in San Mateo, California, where he graduated from San Mateo High School. An aspiring writer, Kristofferson enrolled in Pomona College in 1954. … Read More


1958 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He and his classmates revived the Claremont Colleges Rugby Club in 1958, which has remained a Southern California rugby institution.
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Kristofferson graduated with a master's degree in English literature. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1965, when his tour of duty ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English literature at West Point. … Read More


1966 - 1970 3 More Events
In 1971, Janis Joplin, who dated Kristofferson for some time until her death, had a number one hit with "Me and Bobby McGee" from her posthumous album Pearl. … Read More
1972 36 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1973 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  They married in 1973 and released an album titled Full Moon, another success buoyed by numerous hit singles and Grammy nominations.


Meanwhile, more artists took his songs to the top of the charts, including Willie Nelson, whose 1979 LP release of (Willie Nelson) Sings Kristofferson reached #5 on the U.S. Country Music chart and certified Platinum in the U.S.
1982 46 Years Old In 1982, Kristofferson participated (with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Brenda Lee) 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. … Read More
1983 47 Years Old In 1983, he married Lisa Meyers and together they have five children—son Jesse Turner, son Jody Ray, son Johnny Robert, daughter Kelly Marie and son Blake Cameron. … Read More
1985 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Kristofferson starred in Trouble in Mind and released Repossessed, a politically aware album that was a country success, particularly "They Killed Him" (also performed by Bob Dylan), a tribute to his heroes, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus, and Mahatma Gandhi. … Read More


1996 - 2006 3 More Events
2007 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 21, 2007, Kristofferson won CMT's Johnny Cash Visionary Award. … Read More
2008 72 Years Old On June 13, 2008, Kristofferson performed an acoustic in the round set with Patty Griffin and Randy Owen (Alabama) for a special taping of a PBS songwriters series to be aired in December. … Read More
Kristofferson released a new album of original songs entitled Closer to the Bone on September 29, 2009. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old On May 11, 2010, Light in the Attic Records released demos that were recorded during Kristofferson's janitorial stint at Columbia. … Read More
2011 75 Years Old 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.
2013 77 Years Old In early 2013, Kristofferson released a new album of original songs called Feeling Mortal. … Read More
2015 79 Years Old Kris Kristofferson mentioned that he has a new album coming out. In an interview for Las Vegas Magazine 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.
2016 80 Years Old Rolling Stone reported in 2016 that Kristofferson is dealing with Lyme disease.
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