Waylon Jennings Recalls Watching Johnny Cash Make Breakfast In A Black Suit, Covered In Baking Powder: “I Think That’s What Got Me On Cocaine”
Waylon Jennings was a masterful storyteller, there’s little question about that.
He wrote an enchanting e-book about his life, Waylon: An Autobiography, and there are some nice tales about his time within the music business and among the loopy stuff he skilled in it.
At the time of the books launch, Waylon did a number of TV appearances in promotion of it, and he advised some nice tales throughout these interviews in regards to the time he saved Willie Nelson’s iconic Red Headed Stranger album from being tossed out by a file govt, and when he talked a random man at a present into leaving his spouse alone with Waylon backstage.
He was additionally on Ralph Emery On The Record again in 1995 as a part of the e-book tour, and he advised one other traditional Waylon story from his early days in Nashville.
Early in his profession, Waylon was roommates with one other nation music legend, Johnny Cash. They shared an residence, although Waylon admits that they infrequently slept (or ate) there:
“We didn’t sleep quite a bit. And, uh, June… I used to be supposed to wash it up… she’d be merciful and every so often come over there and clear it up.
John was the prepare dinner, which he obtained the perfect deal, as a result of in these days, me and John didn’t eat however like as soon as every week. Whether we was hungry or not, you realize.”
Apparently, Johnny was an knowledgeable breakfast maker and went all out when it got here to the fixings:
“But he can prepare dinner breakfast, I gotta say for him. But you gotta image this primary, although. Here he’s, he will get over there and he fixes each type of breakfast meat, you realize.
Pork chops, and ham, sausage, after which he fixes all type of eggs. Fry ’em, drop ’em, decide ’em up. Then he fixes biscuits, after which the perfect of all, he fixes gravy.
He does all of this whereas he’s over there and he’s obtained that black swimsuit on. ‘Cuz John wore his fits inside out.”
Ya gotta love the picture of Johnny carrying that black swimsuit even when he’s cooking breakfast.
The greatest a part of the interview although comes when Waylon roasts Johnny for getting the baking powder from the biscuits throughout himself at any time when he’d prepare dinner:
“You’d flip round and he’d have that baking powder throughout him… I feel that’s what obtained me on cocaine. I’ve by no means advised him that. I lastly discovered an excuse.”
Waylon was ruthless, hysterical, an unapologetically trustworthy. I don’t suppose he will get sufficient credit score for a way humorous he really was.
In all seriousness, although, Both Waylon and Johny struggled with severe drug addictions all through their lives. Waylon later says that he was on cocaine for 10 years and on drugs for 11. He admits that there have been loads of days even after he give up that he would get the craving to do it once more.
Waylon additionally mentioned it took him eight complete years to lastly modify to regular life after coming off all of the laborious medicine, and that usually, he and Johnny would name one another after they obtained the urge to do them once more till the sensation handed as a means of maintaining one another accountable.
However for Waylon, one of many most important motivations for lastly kicking the stuff was his son Shooter, who at about three years previous, imitated his father doing cocaine:
“I didn’t suppose he had ever seen me do medicine. And doing cocaine, you employ slightly straw. In my case, an enormous straw… and what you do is you set it up… they name it snorting, and it’s like shotgunning proper all the way down to your lungs. And, that’s the way in which I did it quite a bit.
But I saved to away from the home and I by no means let anybody see me do it particularly a toddler. besides I slipped up someplace ‘cuz Shooter got here by means of the room and checked out me and had a type of straws and he was simply sniffing as laborious as he might.
And the one place he might ever identified to do one thing like that… I dropped one out of my pocket or one thing. And that was the beginning, you realize? I needed to get away from that.”
Between that gut-wrenching scene, and the hopelessness in Jessi’s eyes, Waylon admits that he was bringing all people down round him. When he lastly give up, he gave about $20,000 value of coke to Jessi, she flushed it proper down the bathroom.
And that was the tip of it.
Man, I might take heed to Waylon speak all day lengthy… his supply and timing of his storytelling is simply impeccable: