Pancho & Lefty (album)

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Pancho & Lefty
Studio album by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Released January 1983
Recorded November 1982, Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, TX
Genre Country
Length 35:35
Label Epic
Producer Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Chips Moman
Merle Haggard chronology
Goin' Home for Christmas
(1982)
Pancho & Lefty
(1983)
That's the Way Love Goes
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B+)[2]

Pancho & Lefty is a honky tonk album by outlaw country musicians Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, released in 1983. A blockbuster album, Pancho & Lefty dominated country music for the year and helped establish both artists as two of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed of the genre. Nelson and Haggard were two of Nashville's biggest artists of the time, the former at his creative peak and the latter having just released a successful comeback (Big City) two years previously.

The album's title track and number one country single is a cover of what was arguably the signature song of legendary country-folk singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocal Length
1. "Pancho and Lefty"   Townes van Zandt Willie with Merle on the last verse 4:49
2. "It's My Lazy Day"   Smiley Burnette   2:50
3. "My Mary"   Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis   3:17
4. "Half a Man"   Willie Nelson   4:13
5. "Reasons to Quit"   Merle Haggard   3:32
6. "No Reason to Quit"   Dean Holloway   3:15
7. "Still Water Runs the Deepest"   Jesse Ashlock   2:46
8. "My Life's Been a Pleasure"   Jesse Ashlock   3:25
9. "All the Soft Places to Fall"   Leona Williams   4:01
10. "Opportunity to Cry"   Willie Nelson   4:01
2003 Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocal Length
11. "Half a Man" (alternate version) Willie Nelson Willie 3:35
12. "My Own Peculiar Way"   Willie Nelson Willie 2:59
Total length:
42:16

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 37

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US AC CAN Country
1983 "Reasons to Quit" 6 7
"Pancho and Lefty" 1 21 1

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Mountain Music by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 9, 1983
July 9, 1983
July 23–30, 1983
September 3–17, 1983
October 1, 1983
Succeeded by
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama
The Closer You Get... by Alabama