The Making of “Good Hearted Woman”
In 1969, Waylon Jennings was inspired to write the song “Good Hearted Woman” when he was with Willie Nelson in Texas. The idea struck him when he saw a commercial about Tina Turner and her Husband Ike Turner. The Commercial said,
“Tina is a good hearted woman…”
Upon hearing those words, Waylon was suddenly inspired by it. When he met up with Nelson during a poker game, he told Nelson about it. They both sat down together and made the song. The outcome of this sudden inspiration came out to be pure greatness.
Waylon Jennings’ Recording
In 1972, Waylon first recorded the song for his same-titled album. His song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Waylon did a great job for making the song top the chart. However, it was Waylon and Willie’s collaboration together that made it to the different charts on the Billboard.
Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson’s Collaboration
In 1975, Willie and Waylon made the version of the song “Good Hearted Woman” reach No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Moreover, the song placed at No. 25 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 16 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The two singers won the CMA’s Single of the Year Award. “Good Hearted Woman” was later included on album Wanted: The Outlaws, where the album features songs from artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.
George Jones’ Version
The song became popular and this gave recognition to Waylon and Willie on their career. Since then, it has been covered by various country artists and one of them be George Jones. George recorded the song for his album I Am What I Am in 1980. His version of the song was not able to enter any chart in the Billboard. However, his album placed at No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart.
George Jones and Waylon Jennings Surprising Performance
George Jones and Waylon Jennings never recorded the song “Good Hearted Woman” together. However, they have a performance together that would have been amazing if they collaborated to record a version of this song.
Here is their stunning performance together