Always Wanting You

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"Always Wanting You"
Single by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
from the album Keep Movin' On
B-side"I've Got a Yearning"
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1975
Songwriter(s)Merle Haggard
Producer(s)Ken Nelson
Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and The Strangers singles chronology
"Kentucky Gambler"
"Always Wanting You"
"Movin' On"

"Always Wanting You" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in February 1975 as the second single from the album Keep Movin' On. The song was Haggard and The Strangers twentieth number-one single on the U.S. country chart. It stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart. In 2004, "Always Wanting You" was featured on the radio station K-Rose in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[1]


According to interviews, it was written for Dolly Parton, because he fell in love with her while recording her song "Kentucky Gambler", but knew he could never have her, as both he and Parton were married to others.[citation needed]


The Strangers:

  • Roy Nichols – lead guitar
  • Norman Hamlet – steel guitar, dobro
  • Tiny Moore – mandolin
  • Ronnie Reno – guitar
  • Mark Yeary – piano
  • Johnny Meeks - bass
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • Don Markham – saxophone

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 147.
  2. ^ "Merle Haggard Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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