Kristofferson, Songwriter of the Year 1971

Mary Beth Pruett found this in a Nashville newspaper from 1971 as reported by Bill Preston Jnr. about the annual NSAI Awards.

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Kris’ Wins

Kris Kristofferson’s 1971 win was for “Sunday Morning Coming Down” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson)

Kris previously won the award in 1970, for “For The Good Times” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson), and followed up by winning again in 1973 with “Why Me, Lord?” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson)


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In Other News

A quick glance through other award winners show him to be in the best of company. Bobby Goldsboro, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Freddy Fender, Don Williams,  Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson, Willie Nelson,  Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and so many other great artists make this list one of the great places places to be.

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Record World History

Record World History carried more coverage of the event in an article by Chuck Neese, along with a photograph that includes some interesting names pictured at the NSA Awards : Bob Beckham, Combine Music Manager; Mariiohn Wilkin, co-owner, Buckhorn Music; Monument artist – writer Kris Kristofferson; Hubert Long, co-owner. Buckhorn Music; Audie Ashworth, Manager, Moss Rose Publications; RCA’s Chet Atkins; SESAC’s Joe Talbot; writer Tom T. Hall; Record World’s Red
O’Donnell; RCA artists I’orter Wagoner, Dolly Parton; writer -artist
Mickey Newberry and wife; writer Raymond A. Smith and wife.

Citations were handed out by Association President Eddie (“One Song”) Miller and MC Biff Collie. The relevant page is below, but the qulaity is poor. There are other sources below if needed.

Record World – 30 January 1971

Better quality sources are listed below.

The full article is here

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