Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Julio Iglesias (vocals); Grady Martin, Jody Payne (guitar); Bobbie Nelson (piano); Booker T. Jones (organ); Bee Spears (bass); Paul English (drums); Billy English (percussion).
Strings and horns arranged by Booker T. Jones and conducted by Jules Chaikin.
Personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Jody Payne (vocals, guitar); Bobby Wood (vocals, keyboards); Toni Wine, Julio Iglesias (vocals); Grady Martin, Reggie Young (guitar); Bob "Chicago" Nelson, Bobbie Nelson (piano); Booker T. Jones (organ, keyboards); Bobby Emmons (keyboards); Gene Grisman, Paul English (drums); Billy Gene English (percussion).
In 1978, Willie struck gold with STARDUST, a collection of jazz and vocal standards that might well have been titled "Great American Songs--Volume I." Periodically thereafter Willie made other forays into the American songwriting catalogue. WITHOUT A SONG was his third such effort (SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW was his second, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD his fourth). This time Willie stuck close to the formula that had succeeded so well with STARDUST.
He reteamed with producer/organist Booker T. Jones (leader of the famous r&b combo Booker T. and the MGs, who do not appear on this album), and chose a pleasing collection of great ballads that includes "Autumn Leaves," "Harbor Lights," and "You'll Never Know." Also featured is a duet with Julio Iglesias on "As Time Goes By." It is no criticism to say that WITHOUT A SONG never quite reaches the heights of STARDUST, since the latter is one of Willie's greatest records. Still, on tracks like "Golden Earrings" and "A Dreamer's Holiday," Nelson fully recaptures the magic of WITHOUT A SONG's classic predecessor.