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‘Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ole Boys)’ by Waylon Jennings – Classic Hit or Miss

As the narrator for the 1975 movie, Moonrunners, Jennings was tapped to serve in the same capacity for The Dukes of Hazzard which premiered on CBS in 1979 and was based on Moonrunners. Jennings wrote the theme song for the show and recorded two versions: the television theme version and a slightly different version made commercially available on both single and album which received radio airplay.The commercially available version receiving radio airplay contains a musical bridge which follows the first verse and chorus. Also, following the commercial version’s second chorus, Jennings makes a tongue-in-cheek reference about how his mother doesn’t understand “why they keep showing my hands and not my face on TV” (a statement referring to the opening shot in the television theme version where Jennings is only shown below the neck playing guitar).

In November 1980, “Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)” became Jennings’ twelfth #1 country hit overall (tenth as a solo recording act). The song spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard country singles charts and became his biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #21. It also appeared on several other music charts. The song was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with over 2 million in sales.

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