“Good Hearted Woman”: Inside The Song

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were the best of friends, and they collaborated on hits more than once. One of the pair’s biggest hits was “Good Hearted Woman,” and they finished it in an unlikely setting — in the middle of one of Nelson’s infamous private poker games.

Jennings had already written most of the song, but he was stuck on a spot in the chorus that he just couldn’t work out on his own when he brought the song to Nelson during one of the country legend’s high-stakes games. Nelson promptly added the line, “Through teardrops and laughter they’ll pass through this world hand-in-hand,” finishing the song.

“Good Hearted Woman” became the title song of Jennings’ next album in 1971, and his solo version reached No. 3 when it was released as a single. In 1975, Jennings had Nelson add his voice to a new live version of the song that was released as a single from a compilation album titled Wanted: The Outlaws, which featured music from Jennings, Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser. The new version reached No. 1 in 1976 and took home Single of the Year at the CMA Awards, and Wanted: The Outlaws became the first country album ever to be certified platinum for selling one million units.

Thanks Mike for posing for the picture! Who says you cant multi-task?

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