Thirty-six years ago today (Sept. 7, 1979) was a big day for Waylon Jennings. It was on this day that the singer's Greatest Hits album was certified platinum, signifying sales in excess of one million units.
The song 'Luckenbach Texas' was written by Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman, Waylon Jennings producer. Most Nashville songwriters knew the best way to get Waylon to cut one of their songs was to tell him he couldn't record it.
Country music is a very supportive genre, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few artists who just can't get along. Sometimes it's professional, sometimes it's personal. For country's most well-known feudsters, it was both.
Willie Nelson's famous braids will soon be available for purchase. The 'On the Road Again' singer's hair will be sold at an auction on Oct. 5, along with several other items owned by the late Waylon Jennings. Nelson gave Jennings' the hair after he cut it off in 1983 as a sign of support for his friend, when Jennings decided to become sober.
In 1979 two brothers from Florida had crossed over from the "Billboard" pop-charts and went No.1 on the Country charts. Not only did David and Howard Bellamy migrate from the pop music side, they became a mainstay on the country music landscape. "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body" was No.1 for nearly a month and it got the Bellamy Brothers nominated for several country music awards. But the summer of '79 also had other amazing songs like it.
Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, 'Wanted: The Outlaws' became the first official platinum album that year. The project featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter and it would eventually go on to be certified double platinum.
Jessi Colter widow of the late, Country Music Hall of Famer Waylon Jennings, says her days are filled with people who want to talk about her late husband, they tell her stories, some of which are true and others she questions.
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