Music – 1979 – Kris Kristofferson + Hank Williams Jr – Nobody Is Lonesome For Me


Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American actor and singer-songwriter….who wrote and recorded the songs like “Me and Bobby McGee….“For the Good Times”….“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down….and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”.  Kristofferson composed his own songs….and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein.  In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen….which formed a key creative force in the Outlaw country music movement that eschewed the Nashville music machine in favor of independent songwriting and producing.   In 2004, Kris Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He is also known for his starring roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore….Heaven’s Gate….Blade ….and A Star Is Born….which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949)….known professionally as Hank Williams Jr…..is an American singer-songwriter and musician….whose musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of country music singer and epic songwriter, Hank Williams.

Hank Jr. began his career by following in his famed father’s footsteps….covering his father’s songs and imitating his father’s style…..for his first television appearance was in a 1964 episode of ABC’s The Jimmy Dean Show….in which at the age 14, he sang several songs associated with his father.  Later that same year, he was a guest star on ABC’s Shindig!.  Williams’ own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry. This trend was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montanaon August 8, 1975.  After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues….which brought him a great deal of  success in the 1980’s….from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside the country music industry.  

As a multi-instrumentalist, Williams’ repertoire of skills include guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, piano, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica, fiddle, and drums…..thus to say he is a one-man-band would be almost an understatement…..cuz it seems he can play anything.  A point of interest is that from 1989 until October 2011….and again since 2017…. a version of his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was refashioned to “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” for use as the opening for broadcasts of Monday Night Football

All that being said….the best thing of all is that we at ImaSportsphile have this vintage piece of fellow outlaw country musicians Hank Jr and Kris are singing a duet of one of daddy’s song….which makes this another “nugget of gold” in our treasure chest of vintage memories.

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