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Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, but, as the son of a U.S. Army officer, grew up all over the country. After graduating with honors from Pomona College with a degree in literature, Kristofferson attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship; that’s where he first tried to launch his music career, signing with Top Rank Records under the name Kris Carson. After college, Kristofferson followed in his father’s footsteps: He enrolled in the Army and became a helicopter pilot and, eventually, earned the rank of Captain; however, the pull of the music industry was too strong, and the future country star left the military to pursue a career as a songwriter and singer. Kristofferson relocated to Nashville in 1965 and, soon after, famously landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash’s front lawn to hand-deliver a song, “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down;” although Cash was not home at the time, he listened to Kristofferson’s demo and decided to record the tune, making it a No. 1 hit. Propelled by Cash’s success, Kristofferson juggled a job as a commercial helicopter pilot with songwriting in Music City before signing the first record deal of his own, with Epic Records, in 1967. In addition to his successful music career — more than 30 albums released and numerous awards and accolades earned — Kristofferson became a successful actor and has appeared in more than 60 movies and dozens of TV shows. Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Kris Kristofferson, ‘Best of All Possible Worlds’ [Exclusive Premiere]

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Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson Among 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Recipients

Kenny Rogers and Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Texas Medal of Arts in 2017.

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POLL: Who Should Win Best Americana Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards?

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32 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson Record ‘Highwayman’

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ACL Hall of Fame Inducts Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King [PICTURES]

Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt and the late B.B. King joined the ACL Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016.

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2016 ACL Hall of Fame Announces Presenters

Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Mavis Staples are all set to honor this year's inductees into the ACL Hall of Fame.

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