Country music legend Waylon Jennings was a proud country performer that continues to be recognized as one of the most influential musicians the genre has been graced with. Despite tragic health complications that essentially took the musician’s life, Jennings has continued to be celebrated and recognized for his country masterpieces posthumously.
While a plethora of the outlaw’s performances have been identified as perhaps the best in music history, one somber performance profoundly stands out above all, as Jennings’ iconic voice and piercing emotion captivated an entire audience. Performing for the US Festival in 1983, Jennings stood before a mesmerized crowd as he crooned one of his biggest hits, “Amanda”.
The song is truly an expression of unbearable heartbreak due to the loss of a woman, as the country singer displayed a tragic range of emotions throughout his chilling performance. Jennings sorrowfully sings, “Amanda, light of my life. / Fate should have made you a gentleman’s wife.”
Listen to the phenomenal performance below!
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