309. Willie Nelson, 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'
Writer: Fred Rose
Released: July '75, Columbia
18 weeks; No. 21
Nelson had gotten his start writing hits like "Crazy" for Patsy Cline, but his own breakthrough was a cover of an old country standard written by Rose in 1945 and originally recorded by Roy Acuff. Delivered with Nelson’s jazz-singer phrasing, it’s the beating heart of Red Headed Stranger, his 1975 concept album about love and death in the Old West.
Appears on: Red Headed Stranger (Sony)