EVERY BILLBOARD TOP 40 HIT 1971: #7: “HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT”- SAMMI SMITH

Every Billboard Top 40 Hit 1971: #7: “Help Me Make It Through The Night”- Sammi Smith. January 16, 1971.

  • Single: “Help Me Make It Through The Night”- Sammi Smith
  • Record Company- RCA
  • Genre: Country
  • Written by Kris Kristofferson
  • Time:2:32
  • B-side:”When Michael Calls”
  • Album- Help Me Make It Through The Night
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #8 16 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Country singles chart.

Sammi Smith a country singer born Jewel Fay Smith in 1943 in Orange, California- was raised in Oklahoma. She died in 2005 at the age of 61 due to emphysema. She was a one-hit wonder on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart- but had 37 country hits from 1968-86. This song- written by the great songwriter Kris Kristofferson would be her signature song. I will have to dig the book out but a decade or so ago a book came out which had 500 or 100 country songs ranked- in order of greatness and they had “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Sammi Smith at #1. In the late 70’s she pretty much retired from music-moving to Arizona and becoming involved with Native American causes-working for Apaches. “Help Me Make It Through The Night” was a game changer in country music due to the sexuality of the songs lyrics- the record company was uncomfortable about it but the listeners loved the song- and money talks.

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