With over 50 Top Ten Hits and 15 Number One’s, Waylon Jennings Is a Country Music Legend. But What Was His First #1?
Some country music artist's need only one name.
Waylon Jennings had over fifty Top Ten Hits in his illustrious career. And that included the fifteen times his name was on top of the chart at number one.
Perhaps best known these days as one of the leaders of the country music 'Outlaw Movement' of the mid 1970's, this Littlefield, Texas native was already a country star by that time. Waylon had first entered the Top Ten in 1966 with 'That's What You Get For Loving Me' and followed that up with a dozen more Top Ten's (including 1971's 'Good Hearted Woman', a song he and Willie Nelson would top the chart with five years later).
But his first time at the top? That would come in 1974, with his great hit 'This Time'.
Waylon's follow up to 'This Time' would also go to the top, a great now-classic 'I'm A Ramblin' Man'. And the rest, as they say, is history. Millions of new fans got on the Waylon bandwagon with the release of 'The Outlaws', an album with Willie, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, the first million selling album in country music history.
Waylon's final solo number one hit was 1987's 'Rose In Paradise'.
'Ol Waylon, as we lovingly called him, passed away in February of 2002 from complications due to diabetes at the much too young age of 64. But his impact on country music is undeniable.