Country music has evolved mightily since its early days, but that doesn’t mean those days are behind it. The sweet, soulful harmonies of the past are the foundation of today’s country music. A duet of two of country music’s most iconic artists show us just how soulful those harmonies can be.
“Good Hearted Woman”
Written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, Jennings first released “Good Hearted Woman” as a solo track. The song was an instant hit, peaking at No. 3 on the charts. It has since become one of the most famous country songs of all time.
In 1975, a few years after the hit solo version, Jennings and Nelson finally recorded it as a duet. They won a CMA Award for Single of the Year. Their version was also a hit on the charts, taking the the 25th spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The two would later release the song on the compilation album Wanted! The Outlaws. This was the first album to ever sell one million copies.
The Jennings and Nelson duet is so iconic that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else singing it. That is, until “The Possum” stepped on stage.
Jennings and Jones
Despite the success and history of the Jennings and Nelson recording, hearing George “The Possum” Jones sing it with Jennings is mesmerizing.
George Jones’ hits are the stuff of music legend. The singer of country music staples such as “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the iconic Jones made an indelible mark on the industry. He also knew what it meant to be an entertainer, not just a great singer.
You can feel the energy of the two, with talent feeding off of talent. It completely brings down the house. It’s so good that watching it all these years later still makes you want to jump out of your seat and clap.
Duets such as this one capture the soul of country music. They’re just incredibly fun to listen to. It is simply amazing to hear such great talent collaborate.