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.
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.”
Pete Seeger made a surprise visit to Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, and invited the Farm Aid Board Members on stage to sing “This Land is Your Land”, including a new verse (“New York is meant to be frack free”).
Thanks to photographer and friend Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos with us here.
Thank you, Bull.
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Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Joanne Cash Yates will join show host Tommy Cash for the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, according to an announcement made today by concert producer and festival founder Bill Carter. The 2013 event is set for August 17 and will once again take place at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR. Showtime is 7:00 pm and tickets will go on sale April 1.
As in year’s past, proceeds from this year’s event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as support a scholarship fund established in the international superstar’s name. Already, four young people are attending ASU thanks to the money raised at the previous events.
“We have been extremely happy not only with the progress on Johnny’s boyhood home, but also with the funding of this scholarship,” Carter said, “Johnny’s family made it clear from the start that giving children from his hometown area an opportunity to get a college education is something Johnny would have been very proud of. Likewise, the Dyess area will benefit from the economic boost we feel certain this museum will bring to the community. We’re grateful to the artists who are coming in this year to put on a great show for a great cause.”
The restoration of the home is well underway and according to Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites, the museum is projected to open in the Spring of 2014. The goal is to establish the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home as a museum to honor the legacy of the Man in Black. Keeping the attraction in Cash’s hometown of Dyess will help boost the local economy. It is of interest to note another piece of historical data attached to the house. Cash’s family moved to Dyess and the 40 acres of land as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.
“We have made great progress on the actual restoration of the house and are now working with members of the Cash family on acquiring the appropriate furnishings, which are being carefully researched,” Hawkins said. “Thanks to Joanne’s and Tommy’s great memories, it’s going to seem as if the Cash family has just stepped outside the door to head to church.”
Tickets for the Johnny Cash Music Festival will go on sale April 1st and are available at ASU’s Central Box Office and online at www.tickets.astate.edu. Call to purchase tickets toll-free at 1-888-278-3267.
Willie Nelson & Family headlined the 2012 Johnny Cash Festival, and you can see photos from the event at the Festival’s Website.