I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Paul Foster, local Payson resident, to chat with him about his association with country music legend, Waylon Jennings.
Paul grew up in Phoenix and was a bass guitarist in a small band in the early 1960s. At that same time, Waylon Jennings was entertaining in Scottsdale with his group, “The Waylors,” at Wild Bill’s, now called Handlebar J’s.
For a short time, The Waylors also performed at Scottsdale’s Cross Keys, before being invited to play at JD’s in Phoenix.
In the summer of 1964, The Waylors lost its bass player. It was then that Jennings asked Paul to take over. Paul says, “We had a great three-year run at JD’s, it was standing room only, Tuesday through Sunday.”
During that three years, many country personalities frequented JD’s to hear the local band.
Paul recalled that one night in 1965, Bobby Bare invited both Waylon and him to his hotel room, where they worked out a deal for Bobby to cover the Waylors’ song, “Four Strong Winds.” The song became a big hit for Bare, peaking at No. 3.
In 1967, Bare and Duane Eddy recommended The Waylors to producer Chet Atkins, who took Jennings under contract and recommended the group head to Nashville. Because of Paul’s commitments in the area, he decided to leave the band.
Waylon Jennings went on to become one of the country music’s all-time top recording artists, charting 100 singles, including 16 No. 1 hits. He won the Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1975 and may be best known for his 1980 hit, “Theme From the Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you complete the name of Waylon’s 1978 popular duet with Willie Nelson, “Mamma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be ...”
Is the last word of this chart-topper A) Outlaws, B) Cowboys, C) Wranglers or D) Lawyers?
Be caller number seven with the right answer and you’ll win a CD of all 16 of Waylon’s No. 1 hits.
Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the past American Idol winner who sang the 2008 hit, “No Air?”
Is this singer-songwriter A) Kelly Clarkson, B) Carrie Underwood, C) Jordin Sparks or D) Kelly Ripa?
The correct answer was Jordin Sparks, American Idol’s 2007 winner.
Kelly Clarkson (2002), Idol’s first season, and Carrie Underwood (2005) are also past winners. Along with Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa is the co-host for the weekday morning show, “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Glenda Scott, who won a coupon to have her vehicle’s tires converted from compressed air to nitrogen, courtesy of Steve’s Pro Lube and Tire Center.
A little about Glenda: She was born in Salina, Kansas. When she was 6 years old, her family relocated to Phoenix, where she graduated from West High School, now known as Metro Tech High School.
Not long after graduation, one evening Glenda and her aunt stopped by Harry Capri’s, in Phoenix, to listen to the evening’s local band. It wasn’t long after they sat down that a handsome cowpoke sauntered her way and asked her to two-step. Glenda says she gladly accepted.
It must have been quite a first dance that night, as the two twirled the evening away, went out to dinner the following night — and just two months later tied the knot. This August, Glenda and Steven will celebrate 42 years of wedded bliss.
In 2000, the couple moved from Phoenix to the Rim Country, “To escape from the congestion and enjoy Payson’s serenity and clean air.”
In the Valley, Glenda worked in various clerical positions. She particularly enjoyed her 15 years of employment with Junior Achievement. She now works as an administrative assistant with the Central Arizona Board of Realtors in Payson.
In her spare time, Glenda likes to camp, write poetry, dance and sing karaoke.
She also enjoys listening to 1950s through ’70s classic rock and heavy metal music. Her three favorite artists are Ozzy Osbourne, Boston and Jimi Hendrix.
Lastly, please accept my apology if you call in your music trivia answer and I don’t get back with you. Because the weekends are a busy time for me, I may not be able to return everyone’s call. I hope you understand.
Have a great week, everyone!
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