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The Bee Gees — 90 minute special
Their Music, Their Life Story
A musical – and personal – glimpse of the world’s hottest superstars
Singing their greatest hits from “Massachusetts” to “Stayin’ Alive” and their recent smash “Tragedy.”
Guest stars: Glen Campbell, Andy Gibb, Willie Nelson
(Thanks Phil Weisman for the ad; wonder what BeeGee song Willie sang?)
Jul 14, 2004
On July 14, 2004, CBS aired “CMA Music Festival: Country Music’s Biggest Party,” featuring Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, among others
We’ll sit down with Willie Nelson for an exclusive one-on-one interview. The country icon shares untold and unfiltered stories from his past in his new memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life. From running into a burning house to breaking the law, as well as thoughts on his famous outlaw friends, it’s a candid conversation with a legend.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member co-wrote It’s a Long Story: My Life with veteran biographer David Ritz. It’s filled with new revelations and new recollections of some familiar tales, such as waking up Patsy Cline to pitch her a song he’d recently written titled “Crazy.”
“We were at Tootsie’s Orchid in Nashville, and I had brought that song with me from Texas,” Nelson recently told CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Katie Cook. “I just got there, and I had talked Tootsie into letting me put it on the jukebox and Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline’s husband, was there.
“We were having a beer, listening to the song, and he says, ‘Patsy has to do this song.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe one day,’ and he said, ‘No. Now. Let’s go play it for her.’
“So it was after midnight by then, and we woke Patsy up — he did — and I wouldn’t get out of the car. But she come out and made me get out of the car. I went in and sang her the song, and she recorded the song the next week.”
Growing up in the small farm town of Abbott, Texas, had a huge influence on Nelson’s guitar and vocal style. Part of those influences are evident on Django and Jimmie, his new album with Merle Haggard, that pays tribute to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers.
“I grew up in all of that, in all of that environment,” Nelson said, joking, “I may have talked about it in the book. I don’t know. I have to read that book one day.
“But I was always out in the cotton fields and the corn fields, working with the Mexicans and the African-Americans, and they were all singing all day long. You know, there’s nothing else to do out there but sing. So I would have a symphony out there. I’d hear some good great Mexican Chicano music over here. Then over there, I’d hear some great blues and gospel.”
As for writing his memoir, Nelson told Cook there was a simple reason for doing it now.
“I would have never done it on my own if they hadn’t started waving money,” he said. “But it turned out OK. I am glad I did it now.”
Willie Nelson – “Swingin’ Over The Rainbow” – PBS Special from 1981. Awesome, every song is gold. Willie Nelson & Family, Freddie Powers, Paul Buskirk, Johnny Gimble, Dean Reynolds, Ray Benson. Originally recorded from local cable on VHS in 1981.
David Letterman is leaviing late night tv, and he is going to be missed. His last regular show is tonight, and then tomorrow night will be the last shows. David is a big Willie Nelson fan, and has had him as a guest on his show(s) many times. He doesn’t just ask Willie to perform, but has asked him to sit for an interview.
“Willie Nelson, ladies and gentleman. We have had many many great musical performers and music acts on this stage and this theater has seen the best of the best, and no one is better than this guy, ladies and gentleman.” — David Letterman
In 2007, David Letterman invited Willie Nelson & Family to Montana, to perform for the residents of the County where David Letterman has a ranch. Each year he puts on a concert to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Budrock took this picture from that Choteau, Montana show.
by: Melinda Lorge
More than a decade before she made the official leap to country music with her Nashville-made Feels Like Home album, Sheryl Crow was proudly showing a reverence for the genre’s roots. In the summer of 2002, she teamed with longtime friend Willie Nelson for a CMT’s Crossroads episode — the series’ fifth installment, to be exact. Fresh off her chart-topping single “Soak Up the Sun,” from her multi-platinum C’mon C’mon album, she joined the Redheaded Stranger for an hour-long, televised (and countrified) jam session. Aside from swapping lines on their own hits, they also paid tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash by resurrecting the classic duet, “Jackson.”
The show’s set-list included “Abilene,” “New Orleans,” “Let It Be Me,” “It’s So Easy,” “You Remain,” “Crazy” and “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” but it was “Jackson” – made famous by the iconic Cash pair – which hypnotized as the show’s opener. With Nelson taking on the Man in Black’s role, and the “Strong Enough” singer adding some rasp on June’s parts, the two traded looks and lines on the bickering husband and wife call-and-response.
Penned by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber in 1963, “Jackson” was first a pop hit for Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, but it was Mr. and Mrs. Cash who cashed in on the country charts the following year with the tune, and won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance for Duet, Trio or Group.
Both Nelson and Crow have close ties to the Cash family. As country outlaws, Nelson and Cash shared a tight kinship and a band, the Highwaymen, alongside Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. The Missouri-born Crow, who also considered the couple dear friends, sang at both of their funerals in 2003. She duetted with Johnny on “Redemption Day,” which she still sings in concert to this day, with a jumbotron video containing clips of Cash playing behind her on stage.
“I believed everything that Johnny sang,” Crow told Rolling Stone Country last year. “His words had real meaning and real connection to his spirit.”
Crow and Nelson probably didn’t need much rehearsing for “Jackson.” Three years prior to their Crossroads debut, they opened an All-Star tribute to Cash in New York City with the song. The pair also teamed for a second Crossroads together in 2011, this time at Nashville’s Third Man Records with Jack White, Neil Young, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe and several other Nelson disciples.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-sheryl-crow-and-willie-nelson-channel-johnny-and-june-20150514#ixzz3aDnByULj
The singer and songwriter has always been a musical outlaw. He was inspired by blues, jazz, gospel, honky tonk and the ’60s hippy movement, and he created a sound all of his own and revolutionized country music. Willie joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new memoir, “It’s a Long Story.”
Willie Nelson is a guest on the Daily Show tonight, and will talk about his new book, “It’s a Long Story: My Life So Far”, among other things.
Willie Nelson is a singer-songwriter, actor, activist and the author of “It’s a Long Story: My Life.” He has recorded over 60 studio albums, including “Songbird” (2006), “Across the Borderline” (1993), “Honeysuckle Rose” (1980), “Stardust” (1978), “Red Headed Stranger” (1975) and “Shotgun Willie” (1973). Nelson is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, and he has received American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. Nelson appeared in over 30 films and co-authored several books. He is one of the co-founders of Farm Aid, and he is also involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
by: Chad Swiatecki
Willie Nelson-backed music show gets financing; distribution deal eyed
“Inside Arlyn,” an in-production live music television series created in part by Austin country music legend Willie Nelson, has signed a partnership with the Raptor Group investment firm to finance the series and help it secure a distribution deal. The amount of capital invested was not disclosed.
The series features headliner-level musicians performing intimate sets inside Arlyn Studios, the downtown Austin recording studio that is co-owned by Nelson’s nephew Freddie Fletcher. So far the show has taped two episodes and Fletcher and his team have spent the last six months editing those into a finished product to shop to networks and other content channels.
Raptor Group has forged a deep connection with the studio in recent years, starting with its booking of the popular Raptor House parties at the studio in 2013. The two groups began talking about partnering on the television series prior to South By Southwest 2014 and moved ahead with negotiations following that festival.
Lisa Rainey Fletcher, one of the founding partners in Arlyn, said discussions are ongoing with Sony Corp. and Universal Music Group — among other companies — for distribution of the series. She said Raptor Group partner Jim Pallotta will use his business connections to help the show find major sponsors and build other business reltionships.
“They have really good contacts just like we have on our side, so we get to double up on what we’re able to do with negotiations,” she said. “The focus is on sealing the deal with distribution, sponsorships, ticketing, and any other business interests where they have some involvement.”