Song of the Day: Sammi Smith, “Help Me Make It Through The Night”


A great country standard. Wikipedia say this:

“Help Me Make It Through The Night” is a country music ballad written and composed by Kris Kristofferson and released on his 1970 album Kristofferson. It was covered later in 1970 by Sammi Smith, on the album Help Me Make It Through the Night. 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.S. pop singles chart. “Help Me Make It Through The Night” also became Smith’s signature song. In 1975 the title appeared in the lyrics of Paul Anka’s “I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone”.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Sammi Smith, “Help Me Make It Through The Night”

  1. I know this song! She sings it quite well and what a looker! She actually looks a lot like that actress from Mad Men who is also quite buxom


    1. I don’t think the redhead in the video is her. She was a blonde (and quite lovely). The redhead might very well be the one from Mad Men…

      This is a video of Sammi singing the song (after an intro by Johnny Cash):


  2. Another great song. I always liked Kris Kristofferson, even his gravely voice, but Sammi Smith certainly brought these lyrics to life.


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