Back in 1993, a murderers’ row of country stars sang along with Waylon Jennings to his hit song “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” live in concert.
The single is one of Jennings’ early hits from the 1960s – even before the singer grew out his beard and long hair. The country icon released the track as his second single off 1968’s Only the Greatest. In addition, the single spent 18 weeks on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles charts. It made a steady climb on the charts, peaking at #2 and holding its position for five weeks.
Oddly enough, out of all the songs Jennings and his good friend and fellow country legend Willie Nelson recorded together, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” was never one of them. The duo released Waylon & Willie, Wanted! The Outlaws, and various combined greatest hits albums. Additionally, the two singers made up half of the country music supergroup The Highwayman. Country icons Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson rounded out the group as they created three albums together.
“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” never made it to the recording studio even though Jennings and Nelson often re-recorded their older songs together. However, they made up for it in the early ’90s during a concert to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 60th birthday.
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and More Rock Out Together
To ring in Willie Nelson’s 60th birthday in 1993, he was joined by numerous stars from across the music industry. Of course Waylon Jennings made an appearance, and so did Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Travis Tritt, and Emmylou Harris. Furthermore, music legends like Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, and B.B. King showed up as well.
The event was so big, that KLRU’s Austin City Limits studios in the Texas capital filmed it and turned it into a special. Just a few weeks after Nelson’s birthday (April 29), CBS aired Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 on May 22.
During the epic country music event, all of the stars took the stage for renditions of their famous songs. A lively performance of Waylon Jennings’ “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” was one of the many highlights of the birthday special.
Nelson started the song off first singing while Jennings, Kristofferson, Tritt, and Marty Stuart jammed out. Kristofferson and Tritt added some vocals to the chorus before Stuart played a guitar solo.
Next, Waylon Jennings stepped up to the microphone to finish off his hit song. As Jennings sang, the energy continued to build and the song turned into a rowdy jam with everyone contributing on the guitar and vocals. It was a fitting time for Nelson and Jennings to finally collaborate on “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” and you can tell everyone involved had a blast throughout the performance. A happy 60th birthday to Willie Nelson, indeed.