“Common Man” is a song written by Sammy Johns and originally recorded by him in 1981 via Elektra Records. Johns’s version charted at number 50 on Hot Country Songs in 1981. It had “Easy to Be with You” on the B-side, and was produced by James Stroud and Tom Long.
It was later recorded by American country music artist John Conlee. It was released in February 1983 as the fourth single from the album Busted. The song was Conlee’s third number one on the country chart, and his first number one since ‘Backside of Thirty” in 1979. The single stayed at number one for one week.
It’s amazing how good the older country musicians sound live compared to today’s generation that sound nothing like their albums.