On This Date: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson Record “Highwayman”

When you think of the term “supergroup” there probably isn’t a more iconic supergroup than The Highwaymen.

Sure, you have Cream, the Traveling Wilburys, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, but the firepower of The Highwaymen is undeniable.

Composed of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, you could easily make the argument that Willie and Cash would be two of the faces on the Country Music Mount Rushmore, and that’s not to say that Waylon’s name wouldn’t be in the conversation either.

And 36 years ago today, The Highwaymen recorded their signature song and debut single, “Highwayman.”

Written by Jimmy Webb, it was originally released by in 1977 for his El Mirage record, and then recorded by Glen Campbell in 1978.

Recorded on December 6th, 1984, The Highwaymen’s version of the song was released the following year as the lead single from their debut, self-titled album, eventually becoming their only #1 single.

When we’re sitting around the office after a podcast, enjoying a few cold beverages, we have a habit of turning on these live performances from American Outlaws: Live at Nassau Coliseum, back in 1990.

If you’ve never seen ’em, you owe it to yourself to check them out.

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