Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson

Grammy Alert!
Song#:  0325
Date:  09/06/1980
Debut:  78
Peak:  20
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Country

Pop Bits:  Nelson began his acting career with a part in 1979's "The Electric Horseman." That soundtrack featured his previous pop chart entry "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (#44). Riding directly on the back of that film came his first as a lead character. "Honeysuckle Rose" told the tale of a singer struggling to find fame and dealing with all the issues that come with his family, band, and touring. The main song from the film and soundtrack was this single which ended up being his best charting pop song at the time (and another #1 country hit). The film, while not a huge hit, fared okay at the box office despite middling reviews.

ReduxReview:  This song is just so recognizable, comfortable, and dang catchy. Really, how many times have you gone on a road trip (or any trip) and you or someone had started singing "on the road again...just can't wait to get on the road again...?" If you ever do, you have Mr. Nelson to thank for that!

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song won a 1981 Grammy for Best Country & Western Song. Nelson was also nominated for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male. The song vied for the Best Original Song at the Oscars as well.  2) Although the movie was not too bad, apparently actress Amy Irving was. She received the Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actress for the film.


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