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Thursday, January 28, 2021 – Country great Kris Kristofferson has apparently retired at the age of 84.

Kristofferson's best known songs include "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down."

The news came as part of a press statement announcing a change of management to Morris Higham. "In addition, in the wake of his father's retirement in 2020," it read, "Kristofferson's son John steps in to oversee all of the family's business."

""It wasn't any big stake in the ground, like 'I'm retiring. I'm not doing this anymore!," Tamara Saviano, Kristofferson's longtime manager, told Variety. "It was an evolution, and it just felt very organic. There was no big change. It was this sort of slow 'What should we do now? What's next?' And here we are in the middle of a pandemic... It was like, 'Yeah, let's retire.' To us on this side of the fence it was an organic, normal, 'things are changing' thing. Kris is aging; Kris is 84. It didn't feel like such big news to us. That's why there was no announcement: It was just sort of a slow changing of the guard thing."

The decision by the Texas native did not signal the end of any more music, however.

""It doesn't feel like a retirement because Kris' music isn't going anywhere. There are still going to be new projects...But he's not going to be on the road anymore," Saviano said. The Variety article indicated tribute and archival material might be released.

Saviano indicated she wasn't saying never. "I'm not gonna say Kris will never record again, Kris will never take the stage again, because the moment I say that Kris will prove me wrong.Never say never. He might wake up a month from now and go 'I'm gonna go in the studio and make an album,' and he will."

Kristofferson's most recent album of new material, "Feeling Mortal," came out in 2013.

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