Waylon Jennings ringtone for "Dukes of Hazzard" goes platinum
Thursday, March 22, 2007
– Waylon Jennings's 1980 number 1 single, "Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" became the RIAA's first platinum-certified country Mastertone, recognizing 1 million purchased ringtones, according to his label.
Sony BMG Nashville Chairman Joe Galante said, "For a man whose music and character literally helped redefine country music, it's an incredible testament to the enduring nature of his talent that 31 years after he shared in the first platinum country album, one of his hits delivers another million-selling first for a whole new generation."
Written and performed by Jennings, the track had already earned a gold Mastertone award when the RIAA launched the certification program last June.
The Dukes of Hazzard show plays nightly on CMT and also was a movie with Jessica Simpson.
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