It’s often hard to pinpoint who started a movement. But in every musical offshoot there is inevitably someone who rises to the forefront and whose name becomes synonymous with the new direction. When it comes to the Outlaw Movement, that someone is Waylon Jennings, who was born on June 15, 1937, in Littlefield, Texas, and died on Feb. 12, 2002.
In honor of what would be Waylon’s 79th birthday today, Nash Country Daily presents the three No. 1 singles that Waylon released in 1979.
“Amanda,” penned by Bob McDill, was originally recorded by Don Williams in 1973. Waylon recorded the tune on his 1974 album, The Ramblin’ Man, however, it wasn’t released as a single until his Greatest Hits album in 1979. “Amanda” hit the top of the charts on June 30 and remained at No. 1 for three weeks.
“Come With Me”
Waylon recorded “Come With Me” for his 1979 studio album, What Goes Around Comes Around. The tune reached the top of the charts on Nov. 17 and stayed there for two weeks.
“I Ain’t Living Long Like This”
Penned by Rodney Crowell and originally recorded by Emmylou Harris in 1978, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” was recorded by Waylon and released as the second single from What Goes Around Comes Around in December 1979. By March 1, 1980, the tune was No. 1.