Waylon Jennings performs “The Chokin’ Kind” Live On Grand Ole Opry 1967.

On the charts of US Hot Country Songs, reached number #8 on October 14, 1967, and remained on the charts for a total of 17 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Singles charts, it peaked at # 4. The song was featured on Waylon's eighth studio album, Hangin 'On (RCA 1968)

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The Chokin’ Kind

Album cover Waylon Jennings ( RCA 1968 )
Album cover Waylon Jennings ( RCA 1968 )

“The Chokin ‘Kind”, song written by Harlan Howard, was recorded by Waylon Jennings & The Waylors for the RCA label, there was a first recording on April 25, 1967, but the final recording was on April 27, 1967, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. In the same session these three songs were also recorded: “Just a cross the way”, “Listen They’re playing my song cas” and “Yes Virginia”. Waylon was joined at the recording session by: Fred Carter (guitar), Jerry Reed (guitar), Chip Young (guitar), Junior Huskey (bass), Bobby Dyson (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Charlie McCoy (harmonica) and Hargus Robbins (piano) and vocal chorus. With the production of Chet Atkins, the song was released on July 18, 1967, on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, reached number #8 on October 14, 1967, and remained on the charts for a total of 17 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Singles charts, it peaked at # 4.

The song was featured on Waylon’s eighth studio album, Hangin ‘On (RCA 1968), the album was released in February 1968, on April 13, 1968, peaking at # 9 on the U, S Top charts Country albums, remaining a total of 9 weeks on the charts.



Some versions:

Johnny Darrell 1968 (United Artists Records)
Kitty Wells 1968 (Decca)
Gary Buck 1969 (Capitol)
Joe Simon 1969 (Sound Stage 7)
Jerry Naylor 1969 (Columbia)
Diana Trask 1971 (Dot Records)
Harlan Howard 1971 (Nugget)
Tanya Tucker 1973 (Columbia)
Bob Luman 1976 (Epic)
Vern Gosdin 1977 (Elektra)





Waylon Jennings – The Chokin’ Kind Lyrics

[Verse]
I only meant to love you don’t you know it babe
Why couldn’t you be contented with the love I gave
I’ve given you my heart and now you want my mind
Your love scares me to death girl it’s the choking kind
You can kill a man with bullets poison or a knife
But it hurts him more to take his pride and run his life
Whatever it is you want girl I hope you find
But that hat don’t fit my head it’s the choking kind
When you fall in love again girl take a tip from me
If you don’t like the peaches walk on by the tree
Find what you want and keep it treat it sweet and kind
But let it breathe don’t make your love the choking kind…

Single Waylon Jennings ( RCA 1967 )
Single Waylon Jennings ( RCA 1967 )

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