Remembering Waylon Jennings’ 79th Birthday With His Three No. 1s From ’79

Remembering Waylon Jennings’ 79th Birthday With His Three No. 1s From ’79

It’s often hard to pinpoint who started a movement. But in every musical offshoot there is inevitably someone who rises to the forefront and whose name becomes synonymous with the new direction. When it comes to the Outlaw Movement, that someone is Waylon Jennings, who was born on June 15, 1937, in Littlefield, Texas, and died on Feb. 12, 2002.

In honor of what would be Waylon’s 79th birthday today, Nash Country Daily presents the three No. 1 singles that Waylon released in 1979.


“Amanda,” penned by Bob McDill, was originally recorded by Don Williams in 1973. Waylon recorded the tune on his 1974 album, The Ramblin’ Man, however, it wasn’t released as a single until his Greatest Hits album in 1979. “Amanda” hit the top of the charts on June 30 and remained at No. 1 for three weeks.


“Come With Me”

Waylon recorded “Come With Me” for his 1979 studio album, What Goes Around Comes Around. The tune reached the top of the charts on Nov. 17 and stayed there for two weeks.

“I Ain’t Living Long Like This”

Penned by Rodney Crowell and originally recorded by Emmylou Harris in 1978, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” was recorded by Waylon and released as the second single from What Goes Around Comes Around in December 1979. By March 1, 1980, the tune was No. 1. 

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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