Friday Five: Waylon Jennings Duets
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.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …