Cherokee Maiden

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"Cherokee Maiden"
Song by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Form Western swing
Writer Cindy Walker
Recorded by (many other artists)
"Cherokee Maiden"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album The Roots of My Raising
B-side "What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana"
Released September 6, 1976
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) A-side: Cindy Walker
B-side: Dave Kirby
Producer(s) Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
"Cherokee Maiden"
"If We're Not Back in Love by Monday"

"Cherokee Maiden" is a Western swing love song written by Cindy Walker. The title comes from a refrain in the chorus:

My little Cherokee Maiden, I love her so.
And though we're far apart,
I know I'll never be tradin' my love for her,
For anybody else's heart.

"Cherokee Maiden" became one of Walker's first hits when it was recorded by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys in 1941 (OKeh 6568). It has been recorded numerous times since.

Merle Haggard recorded "Cherokee Maiden" in 1976 (Capitol 4326). It spent 11 weeks on the charts, reaching #1.[1]

Asleep At The Wheel won a Grammy in 2001 for their version of "Cherokee Maiden".

Chart positions (Merle Haggard)[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 147.


  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1

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Preceded by
"Among My Souvenirs"
by Marty Robbins
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Merle Haggard version)

November 6, 1976
Succeeded by
"Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)"
by Loretta Lynn
Preceded by
"A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About"
by Charley Pride
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Merle Haggard version)

November 27, 1976