He was planning on being a military man, but a chance encounter with music legend Johnny Cash changed everything for Kris Kristofferson.
“My best day has to be when I shook hands with Johnny Cash backstage at the Grand Ole Opry,” the singer tells Closer about that memorable moment in the early 1960s.
"I was in the Army and I was on leave, and I asked [composer] Marijohn Wilkin to introduce me. It changed my life."
Two weeks later, Kris left the Army to pursue his passion for songwriting, but it wasn't easy. "I was a janitor for three years after that!" he reveals.
Still, Kris credits the Man in Black for helping him find musical success by pitching him every song he ever wrote.
When Kris penned the tune “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Johnny’s version became a #1 hit.
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"We worked together, too, on the road," Kris fondly recalls to Closer. "We got, eventually, amazingly, to be good friends."
The 77-year-old adds, "When your heroes are your friends, it's a pretty good life...He just electrified me."
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