1980's to 1990's
Waylon Jennings in Lubbock, Texas
in September 1980
September 7th, 1980 brings Waylon
back to Lubbock, Texas for the dedication of the statue and inducted
into the "WALK OF FAME".
release listing for the 80's with R.C.A.
MAN May 1980
& LACE January 1982
ON BLACK January 1982
(with Willie) October 1982
& COMPANY March 1983
COULD TOE THE MARK June 1983
THE PAGE July 1985
MOTHER TEXAS February 1985
Also in the 80's he
did two with Jessi-
And was on the
sound track of "THE PURSUIT OF D.B. COPPER” on Polydor Records Heroes
(with Johnny Cash) on Columbia in May 1986
In 1985 "BEAR
FAMILY RECORDS" came out with, "THE WAYLON JENNINGS FILES"-15 L.P. s.
All of Waylon's music from March 1965 /December 1972, giving fans
everything Waylon had on record, even un-issued songs. But doing so with
out permission from Waylon. After a letter from Waylon "BEAR RECORDS
stop at # 15.
September of 1985 was a high in my
life. Seeing a Waylon Show at the Puyallup, Washington Fair grounds.
I had some photo albums with me of years of pictures and “stuff” on
Waylon. After I showed them to a few band members, I met David Trash,
Waylon's road manger at the time, I went up to Waylon's bus and almost
fell over when Waylon ask me on the bus to see the pictures, Jessi &
Waylon looked at my 4 albums. I never put it together until later,
looking at the ticket to the show, September 7th -Buddy Holly's
birthday- Some things just have a way of coming together.
stub and pictures of Waylon and Jerry at the September 7, 1985 concert
The next time I saw Waylon was in
Nashville at a Celebrity Auction where I was the high bid on an eagle
wood carving of Waylon's. I went to have a picture of myself with
Waylon & Jessi. Jessi looked at me and said, "your the guy with all the
pictures". She remembered me being on the bus a year ago. At the same
time a good friend of mine, Bob Dees from FL., was in town. Bob being a
good friend of "The Crickets” asked me if I wanted to go over to see J.L
AIlison's home. Here I am in the house of Buddy Holly’s drummer and who
had also worked for Waylon. After about an hour or so we went to see
Sonny Curtis, from there it was over to Joe B. Mauldin's house. My trip
to Nashville will be on my mind for a long time. Just think I saw
Waylon, Jessi, and The Crickets all in one trip.
Howard Olson, Jessi Colter and Waylon
Jennings at the celebrity Auction
The mid 80's saw
something new in the music world, "compact disc", as Waylon put it in a
song, "we spend two hundred thousand dollars makin' compact disc and
there never scratch and there never ver-break, ver-break, ver break".
It -was hard for die-hard L.P. collectors at first but the sound was so
good and them L. P. s were so hard to story, them L. P. s took all the
room in the world.
1986 saw the end of
Waylon and R. C.A., Waylon moved over to M.C.A. and cut four L.P's
THE WOLF SERVICE March 1986
A MAN CALLED HOSS
1985 and "AMERICA”, it was the good-bye
song to years of R.C.A. and hello to M.C.A. and a renewed friendship of
Jimmy Bowen. One more west Texas guy who got out of west Texas. A lot
of people say this about West Texas, "its so flat in West Texas that
if your dog run's away you can see him for three days". Waylon did
three L P’s with M. C.A. before the devil was loose again and looking
for a new way with his music. Things were moving fast in the Nashville
music world. In November of 1989 over to C.B.S. Epic who gave Waylon
what he wanted, more freedom. Bob Montgomery was his producer, one more
west Texas friend, who went way back to the Buddy days. Buddy Holly's
first "Band" was BUDDY, BOB and LARRY. This was the end of L.Ps and the
introduction of C.Ds'. WAYLON-THE EAGLE was the first C D. Waylon
made. Hank Cochran, Red Lane & Mack Vickery, wrote the song. The song
was written about the U.S.A. at the time of the Gulf War. The eagle is
the name of our jet planes. A misconception to some fans was the song
being about Waylon's rebirth in his music. It was on a L.P. in the UK,
but just on CD in the states.
1987 and Waylon had
it on his mind to write a book about Nashville, his friends, his good
times and bad times, but after thinking about it he thought maybe a few
friends would not be friends if he told it all so he came up with an
audio-biography and a "MAN CALLED HOSS" came about.
We did not hear
anything new from Waylon for almost two years; he came back with the
highwaymen and gave us, "THE HIGHWAY MAN 2.
Some thing Waylon
could do well was taking someone’s song and making it "his" song, like
"HE WENT TO PARIS " a Jimmy Buffett song. When you hear it you would
think Waylon wrote it. Not taking anything away from Waylon, we all
know he has written some of the best music to come down the line. I'm
going steal the liner notes from one of Waylon's L.P's and I'm sure all
the fans will go along with this:
WAYLON IS A PART OF
A VANISHING BREED, B0TH AS A SINGER AND AS A WRITER OF COUNTRY MUSIC.
WITH A HISTORY AND INTEGRITY THAT STANDS THE TESTS OF TIME. LABELED
AN OUTLAW, FOR TAKING HIS STAND, THAT THE "ESTABLISHED WAY” MIGHT NOT BE
THE ONLY WAY. HE HAS BLAZED TRAILS FOR MANY SINGERS, MUSICIAN, AND
WRITERS, AND PERHAPS FOREVER CHANGING THE FACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC. LIKE
THE AMERICAN COWB0Y, HE IS HIS 0WN MAN, - "AN AMERICAN SYMBOL” AND THERE
WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM.
In 1994 Waylon was looking for something
new and found it in Hollywood with producer Don Was, who the year before
helped Willie Nelson find a new sound. From this we got, WAYLON,
WAYMORE BLUES (part 2) Produced by Don Was with new people as
back up. Only two people had been on any of Waylon’s album before,
Robby Turner was on pedal steel and on harmonica, on guitar was ol’
friend Tony Joe White.
We saw Waylon in 1995 in Laughlin,
Nevada, luck was on our side as we got backstage and talked with Waylon
In 1996 Nashville was doing a Tribute to
Buddy Holly and a lot of singers wanted to get in on it. Waylon being
one, together with “The Crickets”. Waylon did, “Learning The Game” with
Mark Knopfler. The C.D. was “Not Fade Away”. The same year Neil
Diamond came to Nashville to cut a C.D. and again ol’ friends got
together, “One Good Love”, Waylon Jennings & Neil Diamond.
We saw Waylon twice in
1997, Laughlin, Nevada and Las Vegas Nevada. Waylon was still looking
around and in 1998, a new label, and new producer. Taking off the liner
notes: “Closing In On The Fire”. Waylon has often said, “I’ve always
felt that blues, rock & roll and country are just about a beat apart.”
Closing In On The Fire” combines these diverse styles into 11 songs that
are distinctly Waylon.
Waylon had some bad
times after the C.D. Closing In On The Fire”. He was not feeling good
and after a few trips to the hospital him & Jessi decided to move to
Arizona. He cut back on doing shows and recording. On July 3rd
1999 Waylon was back in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking the stage at the
Texas Station. We went over for the sound check and standing around was
Kris Kristofferson. When I saw him, I said “How about a picture with
you?” He said, “sounds good to me” here I was seeing Waylon and had my
picture with Kris Kristofferson, that made my day. We saw Waylon again
on December 11th 1999 in Vegas.
Waylon may have had more number one hits
if R.C.A. would have not put a lot of songs in the can. Songs like J.J.
Cole's CLYDE was cut 5 years before R.C.A. put it out. Even today R.C.A.
has songs in the "can". Maybe some day we'll get to hear them all. One
of the best things R.C.A. did was in 1993 they come out with a 2 C.D.
box set of Waylon's songs, and if any fan does not have this they better
get it together and "get it”. This is 40 of the best Waylon music in
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