Smith's recording of the song remains the most commercially successful and most well-known version in the United States. Her recording ranks among the most successful country singles of all time in terms of sales, popularity, and radio airplay. It topped the country singles chart, and was also a crossover hit, reaching number eight on the U. Kristofferson said that he got the inspiration for the song from an Esquire magazine interview with Frank Sinatra.
When asked what he believed in, Frank replied, "Booze, broads, or a bible During his time as a struggling songwriter, Kristofferson wrote the song while staying with Dottie West Of Night - Joshua Abrams - Magnetoception (File, Album) her husband, Bill, at their home on Shy's Hill Road in Nashville's Green Hills neighborhood.
When he offered Dottie the song, she originally claimed it was "too suggestive" for her. Eventually, she would record it before the year was out, and it is included on her album Careless Hands. However, by then, several others had recorded and released versions of it, some garnering great success. Later on, West said that not recording it when it was originally offered to her was one of the greatest regrets of her career.
Kristofferson's original lyrics speak of a man's yearning for sexual intimacy. Sammi Smith's recording reached number-one on the U. On February 20,it John Holt - Help Me Make It Through The Night number 8 on Billboard ' s U. Adult-Contemporary stations took to the song, and it peaked at number 3 on Polifemo - New Philharmonic Orchestra - An Evening With The New Philharmonic Orchestra ' s Easy Listening chart.
Additionally, it spent three weeks at number 1 on the Country chart. InWillie Nelson covered the song. His rendition became a hit on the Country music charts of both the U. InJohn Holt included the song on his album Volts of Holt. That year, his recording of the song made it into the UK Top Ten. The French-language lyrics were written by Canadian singer-songwriter Christine Charbonneau.
The song made its way to fame and was on the charts 3rd place for more than six months. Init was recorded for a second time in French with Annie Blanchard Musicor Records 2001: A Shred Odyssey - Joe Stump - 2001: A Shred Odyssey the song made the Top 20 for 26 weeks, reaching a high of 6.
It plays under the title credits, with instrumental arrangements later in the movie. In the film The Ice Stormthe Sammi Smith recording plays in the background in one of the key party scenes.
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