Kris Kristofferson At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Born in Brownsville, Texas in 1936 to a family of military men, Kris Kristofferson moved around frequently as a child and was pushed towards a military career at an early age. However, Kristofferson decided to pursue a career as a writer instead and attended Pomona College in 1954. He then moved on to attend Oxford University, where he began writing songs. After graduating in 1960, he eventually was pushed into a career with the U.S. Army as a Captain. While he was stationed in West Germany, he formed a band. After his tour of duty ended, he decided to pursue songwriting in Nashville, inspired by the poet William Blake. There, he worked sweeping floors at Columbia Records, where he met Johnny Cash and had the opportunity to watch some of Bob Dylan’s recording sessions.