October 23

Dwight Yoakam and His Popular Songs


Dwight Yoakam is celebrating his 63rd birthday today, and what better way to greet and celebrate his birthday but to feature some of his popular songs?

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Happy birthday Dwight! Photo via Dan’s Papers.

Dwight Yoakam Going After his Dream

In 1956, a young boy named Dwight was born in Pikeville, Kentucky but he spent most of his childhood at Columbus, Ohio. Dwight already knew what he wanted at a very young age but instead, he spent his years doing what he doesn’t want. Eventually, he dropped everything to pursue his passion. Dwight moved to Los Angeles to make music that he is passionate about even though during the beginning of his career, his music style was not welcomed in Nashville. However, Dwight still insists on doing what he knows and it eventually paid off. His honky-tonk style became popular then.

If he had not insisted on doing what he truly wants and knows, we wouldn’t have heard some of his greatest hits then.

Dwight Yoakam’s Popular Songs

“Honky-Tonk Man”

Johnny Horton penned and popularized the song in 1956, making it reach number nine on the country chart. This rockabilly-styled song has been covered by various artists including that of Dwight. “Honky-tonk Man” was one of the first singles he released in his career, and because the style of music fits him well, it became a hit. Dwight got his first song on the country chart which landed on the number 3 spot.

Here is Dwight’s first song on the country chart:

“Streets of Bakersfield”

Dwight got his first number one song on the Billboard Country chart when he teamed up with the legendary country singer Buck Owens to revive the latter artist’s single, “Streets of Bakersfield.” It was already a popular song before Dwight recorded it, but him working with Owens to give us a whole new version of the song is one that every country fans will enjoy.

“Streets of Bakersfield” was taken from Dwight’s album Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room.

Check out the incredible duet of Buck and Dwight.

“I Sang Dixie”

The song “I Sang Dixie” is also one of the songs of Dwight that came from his album Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room. It also reached number one on the country chart, being Dwight’s first penned song to reach the top of the chart. However, this was also his last number one song too.

It is not only the way Dwight performs the song that caught people’s attention but even the strong and impactful words of it that hits you hard.

He said listen to me son while you still can
Run back home to that Southern land
Don’t you see what life here has done to me?

These are just some of his popular songs, Dwight has countless singles and albums released in his career as a singer. In addition, our birthday boy has also starred in a lot of Hollywood films.


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