Two of country music’s greats collaborated for a duet performance of a classic that one of them has first recorded. The song was called “The Conversation” and the artists involved were Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr. Aside from Jennings and Williams, Richie Albright also helped in the writing of the song. The musical prowess that each artist possesses somewhat propelled the song to reach the 15th spot on the country chart. Moreover, the music video that they made for the song contributed to the record’s commercial success. Such promotional approach was still a rare thing in the music industry at that time. In fact, the clip was Jennings’ first-ever music video while it was the second for Williams, Jr.
Watch Jennings-Williams’ music video for “The Conversation” below and feel free to give your feedback on their performances.
The Song’s Successes
As a Duet Record of Jennings and Williams, Jr.
Jennings and Williams’ duet version of “The Conversation” appeared on the former’s album called Waylon and Company. The cover was released on October 22, 1983, under the RCA Records. It was also Jennings who worked on the cover’s production. The album was Jennings’ last Top 20 record on the pop chart. Moreover, on the country albums list, Waylon and Jennings ranked No. 12. Aside from “The Conversation,” the album also features other duets with several music stars. Among them were Jenning’s wife, Jessi Colter, Ernest Tubb, Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris.
With Hank Williams, Jr.
Before the duet cover, “The Conversation” was a successful single for Williams, Jr. His original record appeared on his album Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. His fourth released under Elektra/Curb labels and his second with Family Tradition, the album came out in 1979. It went on to become a platinum-certified album giving Williams his first platinum and third gold record. It also peaked at No. 5 on Billboard Top Country Albums chart becoming the singer’s second consecutive Top 5 with the label.
Listen to Williams’ original record of “The Conversation” below.
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Hank Williams Jr., the conversation, Waylon Jennings