“Dukes of Hazzard” was one of the biggest shows on television. In the late seventies and early eighties, families all across the country tuned in to watch their adventures. Even if you haven’t watched the show in years, a few things probably stick in your memory. The General Lee, Daisy Duke, and, of course, the theme song are some of the most memorable parts of the iconic series.
In 2016, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, and Tom Wopat got together at Salt Lake Comic-Con. Bo, Daisy, and Luke were there to do a panel and talk about the classic show. Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke, kicked off the festivities with the theme song.
You can tell he’s having a good time doing it, too. At one point he even tries to tope the host into singing with him. However, he lets Wopat have the solo. He belts the whole verse and even adds the “Yee-haw!” at the end. It was a good performance, even with no backing track. After finishing the song, he and the host have a quick chat. Then, he goes right into talking about the beginnings of the show. It’s pretty interesting but the theme song is worth checking out a second time.
The prospect of Luke singing an acapella version of the “Dukes of Hazzard” theme may not sound like the best thing ever. However, Wopat has a great voice. In fact, he cut several albums back in the eighties and nineties. He even had a few singles reach the top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Unfortunately, he never put the “Dukes of Hazzard” theme on an album. He did, however, do a music video with the actors who played Bo and Daisy back in 2006. It’s definitely worth checking out. They do a really solid version.
The Original “Dukes of Hazzard” Theme
It’s hard to cut a bad version of the “Dukes of Hazzard” theme. The song is just so fun to listen to. It was so good that it went to number one on the country chart. The fact that it was written and performed by Waylon Jennings probably had something to do with it. Not long before he wrote the song, Waylon was winning awards for country classics like “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Jennings was on a hot streak. This explains why the Dukes had some of the best theme music on the market.
He actually cut two versions of the “Dukes of Hazzard” theme. One was played on the show. He put the other out as a single. It’s also included on several of his compilation albums. There are a couple of lyrical changes. For instance, there’s no “Yee-Haw” and the line about modern-day Robin Hoods is gone. Instead, there’s a reference to the fact that the intro of the show lonely shows him from the neck down playing guitar. If you liked the TV version and haven’t heard the other one, you should definitely give it a listen.