Friday Five: Kris Kristofferson Covers
Treat yourself to a slice of birthday cake, because Kris Kristofferson turns 76 today. Countless country, bluegrass, and roots singers have covered his songs, but the living legend’s lyrical mastery transcends genre. So, for today’s Friday Five, here are five non-country covers of his songs.
This Boston band, helmed by former Dropkick Murphys frontman Mike McColgan, delivered this punky cover on their 2003 debut, Savin Hill.
It would have to be a pretty strong man to resist this plea from Knight.
3. Ray Charles and Johnny Cash – “Why Me, Lord?”
This version of the song, from Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters, is a moving, soulful duet between two of music’s most legendary voices.
If childbirth rates increased in July 1973, it was probably due to this recording on Green’s ’72 album, I’m Still in Love with You.
Roger Miller recorded it first (and his excellent version topped out at #12 on the country charts), but Joplin delivers the definitive version of “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was recorded shortly before her death and would go on to top the charts.
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