Originally recorded by Grand Ol' Opry stalwart Roy Acuff in 1945 "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" (Fred Rose) was released only as a single. Fred Rose and Roy Acuff were the founders of the independent label, Hickory Records and the men behind "Acuff-Rose Music" signing the likes of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson and the Everly Brothers.

Texan Willie Nelson's 1975 album "Red Headed Stranger" featured the historic single which became the Willie's first number one country hit as a singer. It peaked at number twenty-one on the pop chart for this living slice of Americana.