Friday Five: Waylon Jennings Duets

Juli Thanki | June 14th, 2013

Waylon Jennings would have celebrated his 76th birthday tomorrow (hopefully this extra day of notice will give you enough time to plan a proper tribute, whether it’s donating to The Waylon Jennings Fund for Diabetes Research, baking cupcakes–sugar-free, of course–or covering your Telecaster in leather). Today, let’s take a look at a few favorite duets Waylon appeared on over the course of his career. What are your favorites?

7. “Ain’t No Road”

This duet with Big Bird was my first exposure to Waylon, as I imagine it was for many kids born in the ‘80s.

 

6. “Spanish Johnny”

Perhaps this collaboration with Emmylou Harris isn’t one of Waylon’s best-known duets, but it sure should be.

 

5. “Night Life”

This one’s on the Possum’s My Very Special Guests album from the late ’70s.

 

4. “I Got You”

This duet with the fantastic Anita Carter hit No. 4 in 1968.

 

3. “Ain’t No Good Chain Gang”

A fantastic duet with Johnny Cash that also shares some helpful advice: “You don’t go writin’ hot checks down in Mississippi / And there ain’t no good chain gang.”

 

2. “Good Hearted Woman”

Jennings recorded a solo version of this song before he recorded it with Willie, but any time I hear the two of them singing together, it makes me smile. Check out the band and harmony singers on this video: not too shabby.

 

1. “Storms Never Last”

Jennings and Colter sang a number of duets together, but this is their sweetest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdvurY6Br2k

  1. timeo
    June 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Waylon & Jessi’s “Deep in the West” is my favorite of their songs together. Always thought it was too bad Emmylou & Waylon didn’t record more together. Emmylou always speaks very highly of Waylon.

  2. Arlene
    June 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I know Willie often sings it as a solo but my favorite version of “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” is Waylon and Willie. dueting on the song.

  3. Ben Foster
    June 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Great list, Juli. Me, I always enjoyed Jennings and Colter’s duet reworking of “The Wild Side of Life”/ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”

  4. bob
    June 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I bought the Camille & Stuie version of “Storms Never Last” about a year ago on i-Tunes. Good song.

  5. TX Music Jim
    June 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I always enjoyed Waylon and Jessie’s version of Suspicous Minds.

  6. Luckyoldsun
    June 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    One of Waylon’s last shots at a hit was “Clean Shirt” with Willie in ’91. Fun song, I remember it won the new-song face-off on WYNY for like a whole week. But that was the Garth-Clint era and the station–and other stations, evidently–still wouldn’t play it.

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