Most of us will think that “Tennessee Whiskey” was originally recorded by Chris Stapleton because he did a great job with this song. Stapleton made it reach number one on the country chart. Moreover, his version also crossed the Billboard Hot 100 and Country Airplay. He did not only make his recording of “Tennessee Whiskey” climb the top of the chart, but it was 4x Platinum-certified by RIAA. Since Stapleton made the song a big hit, most people associate it with him. However, is the song Stapleton’s?
Who Originally Sang Tennessee Whiskey?
The song Tennessee Whiskey was written by Linda Hargrove and Dean Dillon and was first released by David Allan Coe in 1981. Then, Coe made it reach number seventy-seven on the Billboard Country chart. Now, we know it was Coe who first recorded the song. His version is way different from Stapleton’s. The original “Tennessee Whiskey” is set to a more country style of music compared to the recent version.
George Jones’ Version of the Song
The original “Tennessee Whiskey” is breathtaking and probably one of the best. However, it was not only Coe who sticks to the country style of music when he recorded this song. In 1983, another country star and legend covered “Tennessee Whiskey.” George Jones decided to add the song on his sixth studio album, Shine On. It was the right decision for Jones to cover this single because it became a hit for him. He made it reach number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Jones and Coe sang this song together in 1985 during the opening of Farm Aid.
New Vs. Old Version
We have heard the original version of “Tennessee Whiskey” and the cover versions of it. Now, what do you think? Which sounds better? The original song by David Allan Coe or the cover of George Jones set to the country style we love? Or is it Chris Stapleton’s chart-topping version? You decide, folks.