Remember Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?
Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, Wanted: The Outlaws became the first official platinum album in country music history that year.
The project featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, and it would go on to be certified double platinum in 1985.
That isn't to say Wanted: The Outlaws is a must-have in a country lover's collection. One review refers to it as more of a money-grab than an earnest artistic effort. Indeed, all of the songs were heard on previous efforts from each singer, including Tompall Glaser, who landed two songs, including a cover of the Jimmie Rodgers tune "T for Texas." Ironically, since it featured artists who had built their success mostly outside of the Nashville box, the album was proposed by RCA specifically to capitalize on that success.
It worked, too. Released on Jan. 12, 1976, the album reached No. 1 on the country charts, and also reached No. 10 on the pop chart, driven by the success of two hit singles — Jennings and Colter’s "Suspicious Minds," and Jennings’ "Good Hearted Woman." Wanted: The Outlaws was certified Platinum on Nov. 24, 1976.
In 1996, RCA reissued the album, adding 10 more bonus tracks.
Allmusic.com reports that this album popularized the term "Outlaw Country," which is a phrase that still lives on today.
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