Willie Nelson – My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, was recorded by Waylon Jennings on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, and further popularized in 1980 by Willie Nelson as a single on the soundtrack to The Electric Horseman. “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” was written by Sharon Vaughn and Nelson’s version was his fifth number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.
Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
Willie Nelson – My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
From the album The Electric Horseman
B-side “Rising Star (Love Theme)”
Released January 1980
Label Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Sharon Vaughn
Producer(s) Willie Nelson Sydney Pollack