Waylon Jennings performs “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” Live On Hee Haw.

Waylon's version, recorded on April 16, 1968, and released on July 13 of that year. The single reached the number 2 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard), and number 1on the RPM Country Tracks charts

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Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line

Single Jim Alley ( Dot 1967 )
Single Jim Alley ( Dot 1967 )

The song was written by Jimmy Bryant and recorded for the first time by Jim Alley in August 1967, but there is a dispute about the composer. Waylon picked up the song from the 1967 original single of California country singer Jim Alley. While the melody is attributed to West Coast studio guitarist Jimmy Bryant, who owns the rights, it is unlikely that Bryant wrote it. The researchers theorize, supported by comments from a musician on Alley’s record that Bryant probably bought Alley’s song, common practice in those days.

Waylon’s version, recorded on April 16, 1968, and released on July 13 of that year, was produced by Chet Atkins. The song was included on the album, Only The Greatest (RCA 1968) on the album charts. The country reached the number 12, and the listings of a single country reached the number 2 position, being its biggest success so far it is the first number one, it would still take Six years later, with the theme, this time, in 22nd June 1974.



Lp Cover Only the gretest ( RCA 1968 )
Lp Cover Only the gretest ( RCA 1968 )

The song was one of the first to presage what would become the original sound of Jennings, less polished than his Nashville contemporaries.

The song appeared in the seventh season, episode five of Mad Men.

 

 

Only Mama That'll Walk The Line , Wilma Burgess , 1969
Only Mama That’ll Walk The Line , Wilma Burgess , 1969

Some veresions :
Connie Smith 1968 ( RCA )
Ray Pillow 1968 ( ABC )
Bobby Barnett 1969 ( Columbia )
Wilma Burgess 1969 ( Decca )
Hank Williams jr 1979 ( Curb )
The Kentucky headhunters 1991 ( Mercury )
Jack Ingram 2006 ( Big Machine Records )
Mark Chesnutt 2010 ( Time Life Records )
LeeAnn Rimes 2011 ( Curb )
Randy Travis 2014 ( Warner Bros Records )
Also Buck Owens on Hee Haw 10/4/80





Waylon Jennings – Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line Lyrics

Everybody knows you’ve been steppin’ on my toes
And I’m gettin’ pretty tired of it
You keep a steppin’ out of line
You’re messin’ with my mind
If you had any sense you’d quit

‘Cause ever since you were a little bitty teeny girl
You said I was the only man in this whole world
Now you better do some thinkin’ then you’ll find
You got the only daddy that’ll walk the line

I keep a workin’ every day all you want to is play
I’m tired of stayin’ out all night
I’m comin’ unglued
From your funny little moods
Now Honey baby that ain’t right

You keep a packin’ up my clothes nearly everybody knows
That you’re still just a puttin’ me on
But when I start a walkin’
Gonna hear you start a squawkin’
And beggin’ me to come back home

You got the only daddy that’ll walk the line

Single Waylon ( RCA 1968 )
Single Waylon ( RCA 1968 )

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