For The Good Times

Have I told you lately that Kris Kristofferson attended my alma mater, San Mateo High School? He graduated long before I did, but I like the connection. Kris is a helluva kool dude, kats and kittens.

Kris Kristofferson wrote For The Good Times in 1968. It put him on the map as a songwriter after Ray Price had a cross-over hit with it in 1970.

We begin with the songwriter:

Ray Price’s countrypolitan version hit number one on the pop and country charts.

Loretta Lynn recorded this lovely ballad the same year as Ray Price.

Al Green added a dash of sweet Memphis soul to Kristofferson’s recipe.

The Soul Queen of New Orleans had a good time with For The Good Times in 1978.

I don’t know if  Frank knew that the songwriter was a hippie, but he recorded it anyway. Kris was also a movie star, after all.

Aaron Neville. Say no more.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, Ace Cannon & Al Hirt followed by Dizzy Gillespie.

That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to all the San Mateo High Bearcats out there. It’s what Waylon, Johnny, Willie, and Kris would want. Never argue with The Highwaymen.

4 thoughts on “For The Good Times

  1. Oh my; those four boys look so young. Is that an Annie Leibovitz portrait?

  2. There was a movie … struggling musician living in a VW van, only he called it a truck. Can’t remember the title, never saw it again although there are a couple of clips in his (not as good as Johnny Cash’s) Sunday Morning Comin’ Down video. Haunted me for fifty years …

  3. My absolute all time favorite singer/songwriter, such a brilliant lyricist. And such a sad song.

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