Black on Black

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This article is about the album by Waylon Jennings. For the album by Sonny Phillips, see Black on Black!. For the tribute album to the American hardcore punk band Black Flag, see Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag. For the song of the American rock band Heart, see Desire Walks On.
Black on Black
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released February 1982
Genre Country/Outlaw country
Length 29:16
Label RCA Victor
Producer Chips Moman
Waylon Jennings chronology
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Black on Black is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1982. The second Jennings record, after 1977's Ol' Waylon, to be produced by Chips Moman, who had collaborated with Willie Nelson on Always on My Mind, Nelson's most successful album, Black on Black features a different sound than most Jennings albums of the period, prominently including electric pianos and backing vocals, the latter performed primarily by Jennings' wife, Jessi Colter. One of many re-recordings of Jennings' "Just to Satisfy You", this time with Willie Nelson, hit the top of the country charts. Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" are covered here too. The song "Song for the Life" was originally recorded by Rodney Crowell, and would later be covered by several other artists, including Alan Jackson, whose version was a Top Ten country hit in mid-1995.

The song "Shine" appears in the 1981 film The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Women Do Know How to Carry On" (Bobby Emmons, Jennings) – 3:17
  2. "Honky Tonk Blues" (Hank Williams) – 2:42
  3. "Just to Satisfy You" (Don Bowman, Jennings) – 2:48
  4. "(We Made It as Lovers) We Just Couldn't Make It as Friends" (Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:12
  5. "Shine" (Jennings) – 2:49
  6. "Folsom Prison Blues" (Johnny Cash) – 2:40
  7. "Gonna Write a Letter" (Paul Kennerley) – 2:35
  8. "May I Borrow Some Sugar from You" (Emmons, Chips Moman) – 3:21
  9. "Song for the Life" (Rodney Crowell) – 3:39
  10. "Get Naked With Me" (Emmons) – 3:13

Production[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Pickers: Waylon Jennings, Chips Momn, Bobby Emmons, Johnny Christopher, Ralph Mooney, Jerry Bridges, Reggie Young, Gary Scruggs, Jerry Gropp, Bobby Wood, Gene Christman, Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech
  • Singers: Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Tony Wine, Chips Moman, Johnny christopher, gary Scruggs, Jerry Gropp, Willie Nelson

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 39