Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line

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"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
Single by Waylon Jennings
from the album Only the Greatest
B-side "Right Before My Eyes"[1]
Released July 13, 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:23
Label RCA Victor #9561
Writer(s) Jimmy Bryant
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Waylon Jennings singles chronology
"I Got You"
"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
"Yours Love"

"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" is a song written by Jimmy Bryant, and recorded by American country music singer and musician Waylon Jennings. It was released in July 1968 as the second single from Jennings' album Only the Greatest.[2]

Billboard, in a review of the album, said that it and "Walk On Out of My Mind" were "typical of the robust, compelling vocal style."[3] Nathan Brackett and Christian Hoard, in The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, wrote that Jennings began to "really assert his rough-hewn sensibility" on the song.[4]

The song was featured in season seven episode five of Mad Men.

Chart positions[edit]

The song spent eighteen weeks on the Hot Country Singles charts, peaking at #2 and holding that peak for five weeks.[1] In Canada, it reached Number One on the RPM Country Tracks charts for the week ending September 30, 1968.[5]

Chart (1968) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Harper Valley PTA"
by Jeannie C. Riley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 30, 1968
Succeeded by
by Lynn Jones

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

Linda Ronstadt included a gender-reversed version of the song (sung as "The Only Mama That'll Walk the Line") on her 1969 album Hand Sown ... Home Grown; The song became a staple of Ronstadt's set lists at her concerts during the late 1960s and early '70s. She performed it on The Johnny Cash Show in June 1969, nearly a year before Jennings performed it on the same show.

The Kentucky Headhunters version[edit]

"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
Single by The Kentucky Headhunters
from the album Electric Barnyard
B-side "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine"[7]
Released 1991
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label Mercury #866134
Producer(s) The Kentucky Headhunters
The Kentucky Headhunters singles chronology
"It's Chitlin' Time"
"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
"Let's Work Together"

In 1991, The Kentucky Headhunters recorded a cover version for the album Electric Barnyard. Also released as a single that year, this version spent seven weeks on the same chart and peaked at #60.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 60


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 207. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Only the Greatest". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Album reviews". Billboard: 73. 20 July 1968. 
  4. ^ Bracket, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 428. ISBN 0743201698. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for September 30, 1968". RPM. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Waylon Jennings – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Waylon Jennings.
  7. ^ Whitburn, p. 223
  8. ^ "The Kentucky Headhunters – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Kentucky Headhunters.