“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” is a song written by songwriter Fred Rose. Originally performed by Roy Acuff, the song has been covered by many artists, including Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Russell, and Charley Pride. Most notably, the song was recorded by Willie Nelson as part of his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger. Both the song and album became iconic in country music history, and revived Nelson’s success as a singer and recording artist.
In October 1975, the song became Nelson’s first No. 1 hit as a singer, and at year’s end, was the third-biggest song of 1975 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In addition, the song gained modest airplay on Top 40 radio, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
From the album Red Headed Stranger
Released July 1975
Recorded February 9–12, 1975
Songwriter(s) Fred Rose
Producer(s) Willie Nelson