Archive for the ‘Kris Kristofferson’ Category
On March 3, 1990, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, kicking off their first concert tour as the Highwaymen.
by: Stephen L. Betts
Hollywood’s elite gather this weekend to celebrate the best in film for 2014, as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Throughout the long history of the Oscars, country music has made its presence known relatively few times.
The 1980s was one of the more fertile decades when it came to country music and the movies. It started with Sissy Spacek’s flawless, Oscar-winning portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Dolly Parton’s Best Song nomination, for “9 to 5,” with both films released in 1980. In 1984, Robert Duvall earned the Best Actor trophy playing fictional country singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, and by 1985, a trio of “heartland” films earned a dozen nominations: “The River,” “Places in the Heart,” and “Country.”
That same year, Kris Kristofferson earned a nomination in the Best Original Song Score category, for Songwriter, the film in which he starred with one of his fellow Highwaymen, Willie Nelson. The film is loosely based on Nelson’s own career as a tunesmith.
The frisky “How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around,” performed by the two friends, was released as a single, although it barely scratched the Top 50 on the country chart. Songwriter‘s soundtrack split the rest of the songs down the middle, giving half to each of the country legends.
When it came time for the 57th Academy Awards in 1985, host Jack Lemmon introduced Nelson and Kristofferson in a musical segment that featured the pair performing the above-mentioned “Foolin’ Around” and Nelson going solo for “On the Road Again,” another song from a 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose, in which he once again portrayed a country singer.
Although Songwriter earned some good buzz from critics, audiences were slim. Kristofferson lost the Oscar to a young upstart named Prince, whose Purple Rain film and soundtrack were among the biggest hits of 1984.
On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over
From 1992 Highwaymen tour in Abeerdeen, Scotland.
by: Samantha Stephens
The late Waylon Jennings was one of a kind. And let’s admit it. Any of us would be thrilled to own one of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s personal belongings.
If you’re willing to pay what we can assume will be a hefty price, you can make that dream come true this fall.
Jennings’ wife Jessi Colter is at the helm of an auction of some of his most prized possessions to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Many of the 2,000-plus items up for grabs are nothing short of mind-blowing. The singer counted Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash among his famous friends, and the items up for auction underscore the closeness of those relationships.
At the center of this massive collection is a British-made Ariel Cyclone motorcycle Holly bought in 1958. Jennings gave up his seat to Holly on a private plane that crashed following a 1959 concert. Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were all killed in the accident in Iowa. Jennings later acquired the motorcycle.
Other items confirmed in the auction are the original signed contract signaling the beginning of the Highwaymen, the supergroup of Jennings, Nelson, Cash and Kristofferson, along with Nelson’s hair braids which — so the story goes — Nelson himself cut off in 1983 to support Jennings’ road to sobriety journey. There’s also Hank Williams Jr”s cowboy boots created by Nudie Cohn, the famous tailor to the stars, and a handwritten letter to Jennings from John Lennon.
Just reading the descriptions of these items makes you wonder what it would’ve been like to be present in those moments, doesn’t it? I probably would have screamed the moment Nelson took scissors to his braids. Have mercy!
Photos, stage wear and awards will also be up for grabs when the auction takes place Oct. 5 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. The auction is being organized by Guernsey’s, a New York city-based auction house.
Beautiful song written by Kris Kristofferson