Amanda (Don Williams song)

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This article is about a country song popularized by Don Williams and Waylon Jennings. For the song by the rock group Boston, see Amanda (Boston song).
Single by Don Williams
from the album Volume 1
A-side "Come Early Morning"
Released May 1973
Format 7"
Recorded ca. March 1973
Genre Country
Label JMI 24
Writer(s) Bob McDill
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Don Williams singles chronology
"The Shelter of Your Eyes"
"Come Early Morning"
"Atta Way to Go"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side Lonesome, On'ry, And Mean
Released April 1979
Format 7"
Recorded July 15, 1974 (original)
1979 (new overdubs for single release)
Genre Country
Length 2:56
Label RCA 11596
Writer(s) Bob McDill
Producer(s) Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand"
"Come with Me"

"Amanda" is a 1973 song written by Bob McDill and recorded by both Don Williams (1973) and Waylon Jennings (1974). "Amanda" was Waylon Jennings's eighth solo number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1]

As recorded by Jennings, "Amanda" had been a track on his 1974 album The Ramblin' Man, but was not released as a single at that time; two other tracks, "I'm a Ramblin' Man" and "Rainy Day Woman," were. More than 4½ years later, new overdubs were added to the original track and placed on his first greatest hits album. In April 1979 the song was issued as a single, and it soon became one of the biggest country hits of 1979.

Other versions[edit]

"Amanda" was first recorded and released as a single by country singer Don Williams in the summer of 1973 as the flip side of his No. 12 hit "Come Early Morning." Williams' version reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[2]

The master for both "Come Early Morning" and "Amanda," along with Williams' other recordings for JMI Records, were sold to ABC-Dot Records in 1974.

Chris Stapleton covered this song on the 2017 tribute album to Don Williams "Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams".[3]

Billy Joe Royal released a version of the song.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Don Williams[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 33
Australian Kent Music Report 65

Waylon Jennings[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 54
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 40
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 67
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 7


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 208. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 463
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Billy Joe Royal, "Amanda" Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Don Williams – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Don Williams.
  6. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Waylon Jennings.
  7. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Waylon Jennings.
  8. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Waylon Jennings.

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Preceded by
"Nobody Likes Sad Songs"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 30–July 14, 1979
Succeeded by
"Shadows in the Moonlight"
by Anne Murray
Preceded by
"She Believes in Me"
by Kenny Rogers
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 14, 1979
Succeeded by
"You're the Only One"
by Dolly Parton