“Help Me Make It Through The Night” Performed by Kris Kristofferson (1969) & Gladys Knight & The Pips (1971)

January 23, 2012


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Struggling songwriter Kris Kristofferson composed and subsequently recorded this beautiful love ballad in 1969, on the Monument Label,  after singer Dottie West turned the song down. The tune appeared on his first 1970 LP entitled  “Kristofferson.” The LP was re-released in 19971  under the title “Me & Bobby McGee” after Janis Joplin had her huge hit with the Kristofferson penned song by the same name — and the rest is musical history!

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R&B #13

Many, many other artists have recorded this country/pop song, including the then Motown act Gladys Knight & The Pips.  This is basically a solo performance by Gladys that appeared on the GKATP 1971 LP entitled “Standing Ovation.”  “Standing Ovation” was #11 R&B and #60 Pop on the Album charts in 1972.

So now that you have listened to the original and a cover out of Motown, I want to know, out of the literally hundreds of covers of “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” which is your favorite?

I can’t pick just one: I love Gladys Knight’s cover AND Willie Nelson‘s cover AND Nora Jones‘ cover.

This classic song spans generations and will continue to do so.

So tell me you favorite: the comment section awaits you.

Musically Yours.

 

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