Favorite "Man" Songs #6 - "Highwayman"
November 29, 2017 2:20pm CST
"Hey man, leave me alone." Those classic David Bowie lyrics are a great use of the word "man." Which brings us to #6 in my series of my favorite songs with "man" in the title: "Highwayman" by The Highwaymen. Outlaw country legends Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash were The Highwaymen, lasting from 1985 to 1995. And while their version of "Highwayman" has proven the most popular, the song about reincarnation was first recorded by Jimmy Webb, who wrote the song. Then Glen Campbell recorded it for his 1979 album, Highwayman. Oddly, The Highwaymen were not too keen on recording the song, despite pressure from both Campbell and Marty Stuart. After finally relenting, The Highwaymen version spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, where it reached #1. (It also reached #1 on Canada's RPM Country Tracks chart.) It also won Webb a Grammy Award. It finished 1985 as Billboard's #5 country song of year. I have, naturally, linked to the official Highwaymen video. I hope you enjoy it, because it is truly a great song. Man. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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29 Nov 17
Wow, I never knew those four formed a band. This information passed me by somehow. Even though I don't like country music that much, I always liked and respected Johnnie Cash, and Willie Nelson who is 84. When I looked up his age, I just saw that Kris Kristofferson is 81. WOW!