Singer-songwriter Jessi Colter remembers her late husband, Waylon Jennings, and how he followed his instincts toward the compilation album "Wanted: The Outlaws," featuring songs from Colter, Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tompall Glaser.
By the 1976 release of "Wanted: The Outlaws," Colter—who'd had hits with “I’m Not Lisa” and “What’s Happened to Blue Eyes”—was the only one of the four artists to clinch a gold record. Collectively, the four artists' songs met and surpassed that mark, creating a commercial smash: "Wanted: The Outlaws" became country music's first certified-platinum album, reaching sales of over one million copies.
"It was a cultural, musical, and a defining period," Colter says of the era that fueled the Outlaw country movement and led to "Wanted: The Outlaws." She also talks about what an unusual project the album was for the time, and how its success wasn't immediately apparent to the four artists who combined forces on it.
Produced in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition "Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ʼ70s."
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