Even by the principles of sad country songs, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” is one dingy tune. The singer kisses his love goodbye, knowing he’ll never see her again. As he sings it, he’s now an old man who never found true love again and looks forward to meeting her in heaven.
Fred Rose wrote the song, also the brain behind the successful hits such as “Crazy Heart,” “Don’t Bring Me Posies,” “Take These Chains From My Heart,” and “Kaw-Liga.”
“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” was Willie Nelson’s hallmark. Fortunately, the song skyrocketed his career and able to cross the principles of the country music enthusiasts. Also, in October 1975, the song became his very first No.1 hit as a singer. Meanwhile, the song itself became the No.1 song of 1975.
Willie Nelson recorded the song for his concept album Red Headed Stranger, which is based on a song of the same name written by Carl Stutz and Edith Lindeman and recorded by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith.
In that song, a mysterious rider comes through town leading a horse that belonged to his dead lover. Nelson revised the tale to make the stranger into a preacher who killed his lover because she was cheating on him. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” fit the concept of the album, as it finds the stranger thinking back to his lost love.
On the other hand, this somber hit was an original interpretation of “The King of Country Music Roy Acuff.” He recorded and released the song in 1947. And with his strong emotion he out poured recording the song, it enables him to be embraced by country music lovers.
Roy Acuff, who was Rose’ partner in the music publishing company “Acuff-Rose Music,” was the first to record the song. He released it as a single in 1947 credited to Roy Acuff And His Smoky Mountain Boys. In ensuing years, many other artists recorded the song, including Roger Whittaker, Gene Vincent, and Slim Whitman.
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