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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Willie Nelson, 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'


Willie Nelson, 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'
309/500

Writer: Fred Rose
Producer: Nelson
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)

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