Ol' Waylon

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Ol' Waylon
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released April 1977
Genre Country
Outlaw country
Length 34:37
Label RCA Victor
Producer Chips Moman
Waylon Jennings chronology
Waylon Live
(1976)
Ol'Waylon
(1977)
Waylon & Willie
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Ol' Waylon is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1977. It plays to Jennings' established outlaw country image. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previously recorded by Elvis. Ol' Waylon eventually became one of Jennings' highest-selling albums, due in no small part to the phenomenal success of the chart-topping "Luckenbach, Texas"; it was also the singer's fourth solo album in a row to reach the top of the country charts, remaining there for thirteen weeks, becoming country music's first platinum album by any single solo artist.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 3:22
  2. "If You See Me Getting Smaller" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:39
  3. "Lucille" (Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum) – 4:07
  4. "Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond) – 3:10
  5. "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" (Buddy Knox) – 2:23
  6. "Belle of the Ball" (Jennings) – 3:26
  7. Medley: – 2:37
    "That's All Right Mama" (Arthur Crudup)
    "My Baby Left Me" (Crudup)
  8. "Till I Gain Control Again" (Rodney Crowell) – 4:18
  9. "Brand New Goodbye Song" (Moman, Reggie Young) – 2:54
  10. "Satin Sheets" (Willis Alan Ramsey) – 2:43
  11. "This is Getting Funny (But There Ain't Nobody Laughing)" (Michael Smotherman) – 2:48

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Chips Moman
  • Production Assistants: Gretchen Brennison, Jeremy Holiday
  • Engineers: Don Cobb, Neil Wilburn
  • Mastering: Vic Anesini, Steve Hoffman

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums: Ritchie Albright
  • Bass: Sherman Hayes
  • Guitars: Ritchie Albright, Johnny Christopher, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Payne, Rance Wasson, Reggie Young
  • Steel: Ralph Mooney
  • Keyboards: Clifford Robertson
  • Horns, Horn Arrangements: Harrison Calloway Jr., Ronnie Eades, Muscle Shoals Horns, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson
  • Vocals: Johnny Christopher, Jessi Colter, Gordon Payne, Steve Pippin, Carter Robertson, Toni Wine

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 15
Canadian RPM Top Albums 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Ol' Waylon at AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
Preceded by
Kenny Rogers by Kenny Rogers
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 4-August 27, 1977
Succeeded by
Moody Blue by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
The Sound in Your Mind by Willie Nelson
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1977
Succeeded by
Stardust by Willie Nelson