Highwayman Hit Number One On This Day In 1985
Arguably the greatest country supergroup of all time hit number one on the country charts on this day in 1985. The group consisted of four of the biggest icons of their time. The Man In Black, Johnny Cash, The Redheaded Stranger, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. The group released a total of three albums between 1985 and 1995.
Here are some fun facts about country music's greatest supergroup:
The Group Didn't Have a Name For Over 5 Years: Their first album was simply credited to Cash, Nelson, Jennings, and Kristofferson. The four stars were already country music royalty at that point, and the fact that they didn't even need a band name in their first years shows just how much pull they had within the country music community. They eventually came around to the name The Highwaymen by the release of their third album, 1995's The Road Goes On Forever.
The Foursome Appeared In a Movie Together: And it wasn't just a cameo either. In the 1986 western, Stagecoach, Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday, Johnny Cash plays Marshal Wilcox, Kris Kristofferson plays Ringo, and Waylon Jennings plays Hatfield. The film also has a cameo from another country legend, Jesse Colter. Check out the trailer below.
A Highwaymen 3 CD Box Set Was Released in 2016: It's called The Highwaymen Live – American Outlaws and is nearly 3 hours long. There's also a DVD that goes along with it and shows what the four stars were like off-stage.
Below is the video that started it all. What started as a fun collaboration between four lifelong friends has become one of the most beloved country music groups of the past 40 years.