This day in Willie Nelson history: “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” #1 on Billboard (Oct. 5, 1975)
by: Robyn Collins

On this day in 1975, Willie Nelson picked up his first Number One single as an artist on the Billboard country chart with “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”

The red-headed stranger had other Number One hits that he wrote, before he chalked up his own, which incidentally, he did not write.

Nelson wrote songs like “Crazy” which was a career maker for country trailblazer Patsy Cline, as well as “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Billy Walker), and “Pretty Paper” (Roy Orbison).

The song was originally recorded in 1947 by Roy Acuff, and then recorded by Hank Williams in 1951 for the Mother’s Best Flour Hour.

Whispering Bill Anderson put the song on his album Sings Country Heart Songs in 1962 and Conway Twitty recorded it for Hello Darlin’ in 1970.

The song gave Nelson some crossover success, making it to Number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1986, a motion picture adaptation of the storyline was made from the song, and a music video for the single.

The legendary artist, who is still touring, recently posted some insightful thoughts, “We are the same, There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel and love and music seems to be a common denomination that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.”

“Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain”

In the twilight glow I see them
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we’d never meet again

Love is like a dyin’ ember
Only memories remain
Through the ages I’ll remember
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Some day when we meet up yonder
We’ll stroll hand in hand again
In a land that knows no partin’
Blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Now my hair has turned to silver
All my life I’ve loved in vain
I can see her star in heaven
Blue eyes crying in the rain

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