Thirty years ago, four musical giants–Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson–came together to form country’s first supergroup, The Highwaymen. In this special cover story, we take a look back at the group’s legacy and ongoing influence.
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On March 3, 1990, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, kicking off their first concert tour as the Highwaymen.
On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over
by: Samantha Stephens
The late Waylon Jennings was one of a kind. And let’s admit it. Any of us would be thrilled to own one of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s personal belongings.
If you’re willing to pay what we can assume will be a hefty price, you can make that dream come true this fall.
Jennings’ wife Jessi Colter is at the helm of an auction of some of his most prized possessions to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Many of the 2,000-plus items up for grabs are nothing short of mind-blowing. The singer counted Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash among his famous friends, and the items up for auction underscore the closeness of those relationships.
At the center of this massive collection is a British-made Ariel Cyclone motorcycle Holly bought in 1958. Jennings gave up his seat to Holly on a private plane that crashed following a 1959 concert. Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were all killed in the accident in Iowa. Jennings later acquired the motorcycle.
Other items confirmed in the auction are the original signed contract signaling the beginning of the Highwaymen, the supergroup of Jennings, Nelson, Cash and Kristofferson, along with Nelson’s hair braids which — so the story goes — Nelson himself cut off in 1983 to support Jennings’ road to sobriety journey. There’s also Hank Williams Jr”s cowboy boots created by Nudie Cohn, the famous tailor to the stars, and a handwritten letter to Jennings from John Lennon.
Just reading the descriptions of these items makes you wonder what it would’ve been like to be present in those moments, doesn’t it? I probably would have screamed the moment Nelson took scissors to his braids. Have mercy!
Photos, stage wear and awards will also be up for grabs when the auction takes place Oct. 5 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. The auction is being organized by Guernsey’s, a New York city-based auction house.
This day in Willie Nelson History: “Stagecoach” movie airs, with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings,Sunday, May 18th, 2014
On May 18, 1986, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.
This movie stars Willie Nelson, and his Highwaymen buddies, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Great soundtrack, lots of Trigger playing throughout. Willie sings the title song, which he wrote with David Alan Coe, who also is in the movie, along with June Carter and other faces you will recognize.
Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday. The movie has some of the best/worst movie lines ever:
Willie: “Is that the deck you play with?”
Waylon: “One of them.”
Willie: “May I see it, please? I must say, I admire your guts.”
Waylon: “Does that mean you wouldn’t play cards with me?”
Willie: “That means I’d shoot you on sight.”
Kris: Where ya headed?
Dallas: “I knew the answer to that when I was about 14. Then I hit 15 and I ran head onto that thing called reality. And I been walking with a lantern ever since.”
Waylon: “Don’t light that.”
Willie: “Did you say something?”
Waylon: “A gentleman doesn’t smoke in the presence of a lady”
Willie: “I wouldn’t like to think that you are implying that I am anything less. I may be, you understand, but I just wouldn’t want to hear you say it.”
Willie: “And what are you looking at, friend?”
Man: “That’s a filthy habit, smoking, just filthy.”
Willie: “I have a lot of filthy habits. Most of them I find very enjoyable”
Man: “Don’t you have any good habits.”
Willie: “You mean something that can be admired, and held up to a child as a good example?”
Man: “Yes, something like that.”
Willie: “No sir. Children despise that. There’s nothing a child despises more than a good example.”
June Carter to Willie (when he drinks a shot of whiskey): “Did you eat?”
Willie: “I ate a lot when I was young.”