Top 100 Western Songs of All Time (Part II)
Originally written and performed by duet of Ed Bruce and Ron Peterson. Appeared on the first studio album released by country supergroup The Highwaymen, comprising of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.
Written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe and performed by Duane Eddy. Rumor has it that young Johnny Western wrote the song as an expression of thanks to Richard Boone for allowing him to appear in early episodes of the TV series, Have Gun – Will Travel.
A Title song from the Broadway musical Oklahoma!. The music and lyrics were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The melody is reprised in the main title of the 1955 film version and in the overtures of both film and musical productions
Like many traditional works, its authorship is not clearly documented. Sheet music for the song was first appeared in 1927, with Lou Fishback, Carl Copeland and Jack Williams listed as co-writers.
A theme song for Bonanza is an American western TVseries that ran from 1959 to 1973. Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans.
Johnny Cash was first to record a full length vocal version of the theme song for Bonanza, rewriting the lyrics.
"The Old Double Diamond" is a Western song written by Gary McMahan. It has been recorded by Chris LeDoux, Ian Tyson, and dozens of other artists. The song has been called a modern-day classic, and is said to be known by just about everyone who's worked on a ranch.
"Lorena" is an antebellum song with Northern origins. The lyrics were written in 1856 by Rev. Henry D. L. Webster, after a broken engagement. He wrote a long poem about his fiancée but changed her name at first to "Bertha" and later to "Lorena", perhaps an adaptation of "Lenore" from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." Henry Webster's friend Joseph Philbrick Webster wrote the music, and the song was first published in Chicago in 1857. It became a favorite of soldiers of both sides during the American Civil War.
A western ballad from the 1959 movie The Hanging Tree, performed by Marty Robbins in the film's opening credits.
written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston who received nominations for the Laurel Awards and the Academy Awards in 1960.
"'Old Timer' was very dear to my heart, a poignant tale about an old mountain man from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who loved a woman from St. Paul. She came to visit her brother, and they met each other in the wilds. He could never tell her he loved her..." Waylon Jennings, in his 1996 memoir
Written by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz, published in 1953. Country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson performed the song at the time of its original release for children at bedtime on his show, The Western Express. In 1974 he wrote the concept album Red Headed Stranger based on the song.
"Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in December 1975 as the second single from the album, Faster Horses. The song was Hall's final number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, spending one week at the top.
A theme song from 1966 namesake western film, starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Based upon a ballad poem by Edgar Allan Poe. While George Alexander is universally credited as performer, nothing could be found about him on the web. John Gabriel & Nelson Riddle are credited as song-writers.
"I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" is a country and Western song written and first recorded in 1935 by Ruby Blevins, who performed as Patsy Montana. It was the first country song by a female artist to sell more than one million copies.
The Wayfaring Stranger" (also known as "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger") is a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist.
written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.
"Jingle Jangle Jingle", also known as 'I've Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle", is a song written by Joseph J. Lilley and Frank Loesser, and published in 1942. It was featured in that year's film The Forest Rangers, in which it was sung by Dick Thomas.
a minstrel song by Stephen Foster, first published in 1848. It is among the most popular American songs ever written. The song was not only one of Stephen Foster's best-known songs, but also one of the best-known American songs. After its publication, it quickly became known as an "unofficial theme of the Forty-Niners", with new lyrics about traveling to California with a "washpan on my knee"
American ballad about the trials of a pioneer named Betsy and her lover Ike who migrate from Pike County (probably Pike County, Missouri) to California. This Gold Rush-era song, with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858, was collected and published in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag.
"Vaya con Dios (May God Be With You)" (literally "Go with God", idiomatically "Oh, my God!") is a popular song written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper, and first recorded by Anita O'Day in December 1952. Les Paul and Mary Ford had a No. 1 recording of the song in 1953.