Kris & Fred Foster

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Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster

These two men wrote the song that powered Janis Joplin through the charts. The story is well known.

Read Mark Holtz‘s answer to What did Kris Kristofferson think of Janis Joplin’s version of “Me and Bobby McGee”? on Quora

What else did Kris and Fred they have in common?

We are all products of the time & place in which we live and grow. Songwriters & artists are no exception. Knowing something of Kris Kristofferson’s influences and environment adds depth to any appreciation of his art & work.

1955 was an exciting time for music. Fred Foster wanted to sign the 20 year old Elvis to Mercury Records, but the boss didn’t bite and up its bid. Elvis went from Sun to RCA and the rest of that story is history.


1958 Fred Foster sold everything and started Monument Records with Buddy Deane, a DJ who sold his Monument stock back to Foster in 1959. He remained active with Monument unto the 80’s, & was linked with names like Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Billy Joe Shaver, Willie Nelson, Ray Stevens & Kris Kristofferson.

Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster / Monument & Columbia

The Kris Kristofferson / Fred Foster partnership launched Kristofferson into the recording artist he is today

  • Fred Foster signed Kris as a songwriter to Columbine & as a recording artist to Monument
  • Kris’ first album was released by Monument in 1970
  • The Silver Tongued Devil & I was released by Monument in 1971
  • Borderlord & Jesus was a Capricorn followed in 1972
  • spooky Lady’s Sideshow & Breakaway (with Coolidge) were released in 1974
  • Who’s to Bless & Who’s to Blame came next in 1975
  • Surreal Thing in 1976

The next 3 albums were released by Monument/Columbia

  • Easter Island 1978
  • Shake Hands with the Devil 1979
  • To the Bone 1981

June 2016 saw the Complete Monument and Columbine Album Collection re-released (by Legacy) with some exciting, never before released Bonus Discs & footage. Although Fred Foster had left the labels, he did write, along with other contributors, a forward in the booklet that came with this collection of 16 discs.

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