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March 30

Why today? Well, it was on this date in 1976 that the album Wanted: The Outlaws, which featured previously released material from edgy artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, was certified gold. (It would become country music’s first platinum — that is, million-selling — album.) However, I looked at the song list and wasn’t feeling it. So I snagged one of my favorite Waymore numbers, from the following year. Blogger’s prerogative!

About the record: RCA PB-11118, recorded 1977 in Nashville. Released September 1977, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart. Also appeared on Waylon & Willie, RCA Victor APL1-2686, released January 1978. Topped the Billboard country album chart.

To my mind, this Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons composition is the best song on the Waylon & Willie album. It was the final track on side two, and it’s always great when an album ends on a strong note. As for the album itself … it’s more hype than high note, although it topped the country chart and climbed to No. 12 on the pop album chart.

About the artist: Waylon Jennings’ journey through American popular music was interesting, to say the least. His “outlaw” ways make him a hero to those who criticize the Music Row music factory, and his raw talent should be clear to everyone. See for yourself, on his Allmusic.com biography.

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