September 7

Merle Haggard and George Jones’ Last Real Country Music Together


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George Jones and Merle Haggard Collaboration Photo Credit: https://www.allmusic.com

First Album Together

Merle Haggard and George Jones first collaborated in 1982 with their album A Taste of Yesterday’s Wine. Their album reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. In addition, the song entered the Billboard 200 Chart and placed at No. 123. Their album has two singles that entered the Billboard Country chart. The lead single, “Yesterday’s Wine,” and “C.C. Waterback” both secured a spot on the top 10 of the country chart.

Kickin’ Out the Footlights… Again

After 24 years, The Possum and The Hag decided to record another album together. Their second and last album together Kickin’ Out the Footlights…Again reached the No. 25 spot of the Billboard Top Country chart. The album may have entered the chart but it was not like their previous album together which topped the charts. Despite that, the two were already advanced in their age so they still managed to produce an album that embraces the country music we used to love.

Their album comprises of 14 tracks and the two sang together on four of their songs. The ten songs remaining were sung individually by the two singers. In their album, they covered each other’s song.

Lead Single, “Footlights”

“Footlights,” the lead single of the album, perfectly fits the two country musicians. The song is a story of an old singer who remembers his life when he performs and goes on tour. He still does performs even though he is already old and he does the same old things every time he performs.

“I throw my old guitar across the stage

And watch my bassman takes the ball

And the crowd goes nearly wild

To see my guitar nearly fall.”

The lead single of the album is a duet between Merle Haggard and George Jones. Their single did not enter the Billboard chart. Moreover, none of their singles on the album secured a spot on the Country chart.

“And try to kick the footlights out again.”

Check out Merle and George lead single “Footlights” from their last collaboration together.

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