Cherokee Maiden

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"Cherokee Maiden"
Written byCindy Walker
FormWestern swing
Original artistBob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Recorded by(many other artists)
 
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"Cherokee Maiden"
Written byCindy Walker
FormWestern swing
Original artistBob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Recorded by(many other artists)
"Cherokee Maiden"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album The Roots of My Raising
B-side"What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana"
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1976
GenreCountry
LabelCapitol
Writer(s)A-side: Cindy Walker
B-side: Dave Kirby
ProducerKen Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard singles chronology
"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
(1976)
"Cherokee Maiden"
(1976)
"If We're Not Back in Love by Monday"
(1977)

"Cherokee Maiden" is a Western swing love song written by Cindy Walker. The title comes from a refrain in the chorus:

My little Cherokee Maiden, I love her so.
And though we're far apart,
I know I'll never be tradin' my love for her,
For anybody else's heart.

"Cherokee Maiden" became one of Walker's first hits when it was recorded by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys in 1941 (OKeh 6568). It has been recorded numerous times since.

Merle Haggard recorded "Cherokee Maiden" in 1976 (Capitol 4326). It spent 11 weeks on the charts, reaching #1.[1]

Asleep At The Wheel won a Grammy in 2001 for their version of "Cherokee Maiden".

Chart positions (Merle Haggard)

Chart (1976)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 147.

Bibliography

Preceded by
"Among My Souvenirs"
by Marty Robbins
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Merle Haggard version)

November 6, 1976
Succeeded by
"Somebody Somewhere (Don't Know What He's Missin' Tonight)"
by Loretta Lynn
Preceded by
"A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About"
by Charley Pride
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Merle Haggard version)

November 27, 1976