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Kristofferson, Kristoffer

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .



Kris Kristofferson

(1936 – )

This well known entertainer of the latter half of the 20th century – country singer, songwriter, musician, and actor – spent a lot of time in Evergreen during the early 1980s and had a home in the Upper Bear Creek area at that time.

His long list of songs included “For the Good Times,” “Help Me Make it Through the Night” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Kristofferson was a scheduled performer at The Little Bear. He partnered with Willie Nelson, another country singer with a home in the Upper Bear Creek area of Evergreen; the two were known for "just showing up” at The Little Bear and performing with the scheduled band from time to time to the delight of local patrons.

During the 1980s the two became part of group The Highwaymen, including fellow greats Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash; the group recorded four albums.

Kristofferson appeared in more than 50 films.

He wrote songs for notables such as Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Ray Stevens, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roger Miller.