All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight

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"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"
Single by Hank Williams, Jr.
from the album Major Moves
B-side "Video Blues"[1]
Released October 1, 1984
Format CD Single
Recorded 1984
Genre Country, southern rock, blues rock
Length 2:57
Label Warner Bros./Curb
Writer(s) Hank Williams, Jr.
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr. singles chronology
"Attitude Adjustment"
(1984)
"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight"
(1984)
"Major Moves"
(1985)

"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" is a song written and recorded by American country music performer Hank Williams, Jr.. It was released in October 1984 as the second single from his album Major Moves. It peaked at number ten on the country music charts. From 1989 to 2011 Williams performed a version of the song (reworked as "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night") as the opening theme to Monday Night Football.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by John Goodhue. The video features artists such as George Jones on a riding mower, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Kris Kristofferson, Cheech and Chong, Waylon Jennings, Porter Waggoner, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Thorogood, Paul Williams and several other celebrities in a party thrown by Hank Williams, Jr. At the end of the video, a ghost Cadillac flies into the night sky, referencing the fact that his father, Hank Williams, Sr., died while riding in a Cadillac.

Commercial and critical success[edit]

The single would go onto become one of Williams' signature songs and became his 26th career Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It also garnered a number of prestigious music industry awards and nominations. The music video became the inaugural winner for both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Music Video of the Year award. Williams vocal performance earned him a nomination for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male in 1985.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 466. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.