With all the recent high-profile divorces, it’s worth looking back at one of country music’s most memorable former couples: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge.
Kristofferson first met Coolidge in 1970. Both gifted musicians, the two found a deep connection through music. Two years later, they married and recorded a duet album, Full Moon. Coolidge’s sweet vocals and Kristofferson’s gritty mid-range blended perfectly, and the album was a relative commercial success. During the early years of their marriage, they were smitten.
You can see that love burn brightly in this clip, which captures their duet of Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” The performance is from a 1972 episode of The Grey Whistle Test, a British TV music show. The show was filmed a year before they tied the knot, so they were still pretty giddy for each other.
However, their romance burned out over time, as is the case with most fiery love affairs in music. By 1980, Kristofferson and Coolidge divorced. He had drinking problems and outlaw ways. She was launching her solo career. Coolidge has expressed nothing but love for Kristofferson since their split. I mean, how could you hate a guy like Kristofferson.
Watch the two lovingly sing a duet of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” in the video below.
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