THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH: ESSENTIAL COUNTRY MUSIC SONGS: ” HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT”- SAMMI SMITH

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Three Chords and The Truth: Essential Country Music Songs: “Help Me Make It Through The Night”- Sammi Smith. Many have found Kris Kristofferson wanting as a singer- as a singer he sounds like a frog that he has even admitted but as a songwriter he is among the elite songwriters of the 20th Century. Kristopperson said in an interview Frank Sinatra inspired him to write this song- in an Esquire interview Sinatra was asked what he believe in and he said “Booze, broads, or a bible…whatever helps me make it through the night.” Kristofferson even had a compilation album once where one disc was Kris singing his song- the other was of famous covers by other artists. “Help Me Make It Through The Night” appeared on Kristofferson’s first album Kristofferson in 1970. Later in 1970 country singer Sammi Smith covered it and it became a #1 country single- and crossed over into the Billboard Pop chart where it peaked at #8. A number of artists have covered this song since Elvis, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell and others- but none of them touch Sammi Smith’s version.   Back in the early 2000’s a book came out called Heartaches By The Number which ranked in the authors opinions- the Top 500 country songs ever. Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” sat at #1.

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