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Billy Joe Shaver
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Billy Joe Shaver in 2015
Background information
Born (1939-08-16)August 16, 1939
Corsicana, Texas, U.S.
Died October 28, 2020(2020-10-28) (aged 81)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1973–2020
Labels Columbia, Monument
Associated acts Lee Clayton, Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Mickey Newbury, Steve Young, Johnny Cash

Billy Joe Shaver (August 16, 1939 – October 28, 2020) was an American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was known for writing and performing his 1973 hit single "You Ask Me To".


Shaver died on October 28, 2020 from a stroke at the age of 81 in Waco, Texas.


Year Title Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1970 "Chicken on the Ground" N/A
1973 "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train" 88 Old Five and Dimers Like Me
"Black Rose"
1974 "Lately I Been Leanin' T'ward the Blues" N/A
1976 "America You Are My Woman" When I Get My Wings
1977 "You Asked Me To" 80 Gypsy Boy
1978 "Billy B Damned"
1981 "Blue Texas Waltz" I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal
(But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)
"Ragged Old Truck"
"When the Word Was Thunderbird"
1982 "Ride Me Down Easy" Billy Joe Shaver
"Amtrak (And Ain't Coming Back)"
"One Moving Part"
1993 "The Hottest Thing in Town" Tramp on Your Street
"Live Forever" 96
1994 "Georgia On a Fast Train"
1996 "Comin' On Strong" Highway of Life
2002 "Freedom's Child" Freedom's Child
2007 "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" Everybody's Brother
2011 "Wacko from Waco" Live at Billy Bob's Texas
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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