Some Willie Nelson Duets

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by Jerry Osborne

Dear Jerry:

Willie Nelson sure has recorded many duets with famous singers.  Could you list them?
— Morgan Desmond, Cudahy, Wisconsin

Dear Morgan:

Yikes! It might be easier to list those folks who have not yet sung with Willie!

—  Jerry Osborne

In early 1962, Willie Nelson & Shirley Collie dueted their way into the Top 10 with “Willingly”. About a year later, Willie and Shirley exchanged wedding vows, willingly of course.

In order of release, here are most of those on Willie’s infinite duet roster, with one of their titles:

1962: Shirley Collie (“Willingly”)
1974: Tracy Nelson (no relation) (“After the Fire Is Gone”)
1975: Waylon Jennings (“Good Hearted Woman”)
1977: Darrell McCall (“Lily Dale”)
1977: Mary Kay Place (“Something to Brag About”)
1978: Hank Cochran (“Ain’t Life Hell”)
1979: Leon Russell (“Heartbreak Hotel”)
1979: George Jones (“I Gotta Get Drunk”)
1980: Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass (“Night Life”)
1980: Ray Price (“Faded Love”)
1980: Dyan Cannon (“Loving You Was Easier”)
1981: Jody Payne (“There’s a Crazy Man”)
1982: Roger Miller (“Old Friends”)
1982: Webb Pierce (“In the Jailhouse Now”)
1982: Dolly Parton (“Everything’s Beautiful [In Its Own Way]“)
1983: Merle Haggard (“Reason to Quit”)
1983: Brenda Lee (“You’re Gonna Love Yourself [In the Morning]“)
1984: Julio Iglesias (“To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”)
1984: Hank Wilson (actually Leon Russell) (“Wabash Cannonball”)
1984: Kris Kristofferson (“How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around”)
1984: Ray Charles (“Seven Spanish Angels”)
1985: Lacy J. Dalton (“Slow Movin’ Outlaw”)
1986: David Allen Coe (“I’ve Already Cheated on You”)
1992: Chieftains (“Goodnight Irene”)
1997: Mel Tillis (“Texas on a Saturday Night”)
1998: Johnny Cash (“[Ghost] Riders in the Sky”)
2000: Francine Reed (“Milk Cow Blues”)
2000: Keb’ Mo (“Outskirts of Town”)
2000: Dr. John (“Black Night”)
2000: Johnny Lang (“Rainy Day Blues”)
2000: Susan Tedeschi (“Crazy”)
2000: B.B. King (“The Thrill Is Gone”)
2000: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (“Texas Flood”)
2002: Vince Gill (“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”)
2002: Rob Thomas (“Maria [Shut Up and Kiss Me]“)
2002: Ryan Adams (“The Harder They Come”)
2002: Matchbox 20 (“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”)
2002: Patty Griffin (“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”)
2002: Aaron Neville (“Stardust”)
2002: Brian McKnight (“Don’t Fade Away”)
2002: Lee Ann Womack (“Mendocino County Line”)
2002: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”)
2002: Trick Pony (“Whiskey River”)
2003: Kimmie Rhodes (“Picture in a Frame”)
2003: Lil’ Black (“Back on the Road”)
2003: Shania Twain (“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”)
2003: Toby Keith (“Beer for My Horses”)
2004: Paul English (“Forgiving You Was Easy”)
2004: Toots and the Maytals (“Still Is Still Moving to Me”)
2005: Bellamy Brothers (“Guardian Angel”)
2006: Larry Butler (“Heavy Hank”)
2007: Don Cherry (“It’s Magic”)
2007: Emmylou Harris (“One Paper Kid”)
2007: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks (“One More Cowboy”)
2007: Marty Dread (“Laws of Nature”)
2007: Sheryl Crow (“If I Were a Carpenter”)
2008: Wynton Marsalis (“Bright Lights, Big City”)
2008: Kenny Chesney (“That Lucky Old Sun”)
2008: Sandy Kelly (“Against the Wind”)
2009: Shawn King (“I Give”)
2009: Asleep at the Wheel (“Corrine Corrina”)
2009: Norah Jones (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”)
2009: Charlie Louvin (“This Darn Pen”)
2009: Ziggy Marley (“This Train”)
2010: Bill Anderson (“The Lord Knows I’m Drinkin'”)

16 Responses to “Some Willie Nelson Duets”

  1. Ernesto says:

    Great list! Willie is truly an american treasure. Two of my favorite duets are Just One Love with Kimmie Rhodes and They All Went To Mexico with Carlos Santana.

  2. Dave Brooks says:

    In the 1980’s I collected a duet by Willie Nelson and a female singer ???? the song was really her song with him joining…I think the name of the song is, “Wouldn’t you just love us together again.”….
    Can you relieve my mind and tell me where I might find it and get a updated version?

  3. Sandy says:

    Heard an old duet today on Sirious XM radio. Willie and a female ( did not catch the name of her). The song was a CCR song “Have you ever seen rain” Anyone know who she is and ere I can purchase?

  4. Monique says:

    Wasn’t it the recent version with Paula?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Did Willie sing with Dwight Yoakam? If so what is the song title

  6. alison says:

    I heard a song years ago that I was told was done by WIllie Nelson and a woman (never got her name) and the start of the song went something like…. he was standing at the river, looking into town… and the chorus I think has something about a flower?? forgive me its been years… can you help?

  7. MIke Wells says:

    I swear to God that I remember Willie doing a duet of ‘You Don’t Bring me Flowers’ with someone, but it could be the LSD talking…

  8. Rintje says:

    Gulf Coast Highway sung with Emmylou Harris

    Gulf coast highway, he worked the rails
    He worked the rice fields with their cold dark wells
    He worked the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico
    The only thing we’ve owned is this old house here by the road

    And when he dies he says he’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    She walked through springtime when I was home
    The days were sweet, our nights were warm
    The seasons changed, the jobs would come
    The flowers fade, and this old house felt so alone
    When the work took me away

    And when she dies she says she’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And she will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    Highway 90, the jobs are gone
    We kept our garden, we set the sun
    This is the only place on Earth blue bonnets grow
    And once a year they come and go
    At this old house here by the road

    And when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away to heaven
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

    Yes when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird’s wing
    And we will fly away together
    Come some sweet blue bonnet spring

  9. kevin says:

    I heard a duet male and FEMALE artist on my local country station. It sounded and I believe it was Willie Nelson. THe song was “Good Hearted Woman”. I know he did the duet with Waylon Jennings, but this was a remake. What was the female artists name.PLEASE HELP.

  10. malachai1998@yahoo.com says:

    why can;t i find the duet with dwight yoakam, if teardrops were diamonds?

  11. cyn says:

    How about “Perhaps Love,” recorded with Placido Domingo< I believe, in the late eighties?

  12. David K says:

    add Grace Potter “Ragged Company” to the list

  13. Paul Flattery says:

    I did Willie’s 60th Birthday TV Special (The Big Six-0) and on that show ALONE, he duetted with: Paul Simon, Ray Charles, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and Neil Young — to name just a few!!!!

  14. Bob Nelson says:

    Didn’t “roll me up and smoke me when I’m gone” have Kris Kristoferson singing along as a duet too???

  15. LindaLee says:

    Yeah, with Jamie Johnson, too. I’ll check what recoding that was.

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