Thirty Four Years Ago: Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard Release ‘Pancho & Lefty’
On this date, December 30th, in 1982, Epic released Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson’s duet album Pancho & Lefty.
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.
The title track was written by Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt and was recorded towards the end of the recording sessions. The song tells the story of a Mexican bandit named Pancho and a more mysterious character, Lefty, and implies that Pancho was killed after he was betrayed by his associate Lefty, who was paid off by the Mexican Federales.
1. “Pancho and Lefty” Townes van Zandt
2. “It’s My Lazy Day” Smiley Burnette
3. “My Mary” Stuart Hamblen, Jimmie Davis
4. “Half a Man” Willie Nelson
5. “Reasons to Quit” Merle Haggard
6. “No Reason to Quit” Dean Holloway
7. “Still Water Runs the Deepest”
8. “My Life’s Been a Pleasure”
9. “All the Soft Places to Fall”
10. “Opportunity to Cry”
December 30th, 2016