Waylon Jenningsdoesn’t have a bad album in his entire catalog of music, and you can’t change my mind on that.
And on this date in 1976, he was topping the U.S. Country Albums chart with his classic Are You Ready for the Country record, his 23rd studio album at the time of its release.
This album was the follow-up to the incredibly successful Wanted! The Outlaws compilation album, which also featured the likes of Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Waylon’s wife, Jessi Colter.
That record famously became the first album to ever sell over a million copies in country music, going Platinum and becoming an instant classic.
And despite the album title of Are You Ready for the Country, the tracklist featured several covers of rock songs, including “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band. That single peaked at #4 on the country singles chart, becoming the biggest hit off of this record in particular.
Of course, the title track was originally written by Neil Young and released on his iconic 1972 Harvest album.
Waylon’s record was eventually certified Gold, garnering four top 10 singles in total, with the album itself peaked at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.