Sunday, October 07, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Highwaymen

Artist:The Highwaymen
Album:The Highwayman Collection

Not to be confused with the 60s folk music group The Highwaymen, this country music supergroup with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash was put together for this 1985 one shot single Highwayman. When the song topped the country music chart, they recorded an album and later toured. The group didn't even have a name at first. Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote Highwayman for Glen Campbell. When Capitol Records refused to release the recording, Campbell left Capitol though Highwayman was released in 1979. Capitol thought it was too country. Campbell played the song for Johnny Cash. Then in 1981, Webb took the song to Jennings but Jennings didn't think he could do it better than Campbell. Nelson, Kristofferson, Jennings and Cash were doing a TV special in Switzerland in 1984. The four wanted to record together. Marty Stuart was there and he suggested Highwayman so they could each sing a verse. Fans went nuts for the song and it topped the Country Music Singles chart in 1985. It played into their outlaw image. Then they recorded the album Highwayman for Columbia with producer Chips Moman. The album topped the Country Album chart. They also had a top twenty hit with the Guy Clark song Desperados Waiting For A Train. The four guys reunited for the 1990 album Highwayman 2 and they toured to support that album. And they released a third CD on Liberty in 1995. This budget comp has hits from their two Columbia albums. Here's the video for Highwayman by The Highwaymen.

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