Just to Satisfy You (song)

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"Just to Satisfy You"
Single by Waylon Jennings
A-side "Four Strong Winds"
Released August 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:10
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Don Bowman
Waylon Jennings
Producer(s) Herb Alpert
"Just to Satisfy You"
Single by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
from the album Black on Black
B-side "Get Naked with Me"
Released February 1982
Genre Country
Length 2:48
Label RCA
Producer(s) Chips Moman
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"Shine"
(1981)
"Just to Satisfy You"
(1982)
"Women Do Know How to Carry On"
(1982)
Willie Nelson singles chronology
"Always on My Mind"
(1982)
"Just to Satisfy You"
(1982)
"Old Friends"
(1982)

"Just to Satisfy You" is a song written by country music singers Waylon Jennings and Don Bowman in 1963. Jennings included the song in his performing repertoire, and on radio, where the song became a local hit in Phoenix, Arizona.

The song was later the title-track of his 1969 album, while in 1982 he recorded a duet version along with Willie Nelson, that peaked at number one for two weeks on Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Background & recordings[edit]

Waylon Jennings and Don Bowman wrote the song in 1963. The same year, Jennings signed a recording contract with A&M records. His releases had little success, because the main releases of the label were folk music rather than country.[1] Despite the low success of his records, the single "Just To Satisfy You" backed with Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" were radio hits in Phoenix, Arizona. Singer Bobby Bare, who liked Jennings' style, covered both songs and recommended Jennings to producer Chet Atkins, who signed him to RCA Victor in 1965.[1]

In 1967, during an interview, Jennings remarked that the song was a "pretty good example" of the influence of his work with Buddy Holly and rockabilly music.[2] Despite that the song was included in Jennings performing repertoire,[1] it was not released as a single, but it was included two years later as the title-track of his 1969 album. In 1982, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson recorded the song again, which became their third number one country hit as a duo. The single spent two weeks at number one and a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[3][4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 52
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wolff, Duane 2000, p. 360.
  2. ^ Country Song Roundup, issue 102
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel 2004, p. 175.
  4. ^ Cramer, Alfred 2009, p. 715.

Books[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 175. 
  • Wolff, Duane (2000). Country Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-534-4. 
Preceded by
"Always on My Mind"
by Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 22-May 29, 1982
Succeeded by
"Finally"
by T. G. Sheppard