Posted: Oct 5, 2005 10:21 pm |
Edited by: jenna
ok, some of these didn't make the final cut, but this is the roster:
Cowboy Jack Clement
Scotty Turner and Ted Harris
Fred Foster and Glenn Martin
Jimmy Snider and Gordy Collins
Ray Walker and Gordon Stoker, The
Gary Mule Deer
Ron "Iceman" Shumake
David Allan Coe
Harold and Don Reid, The Statler Brothers
there is a lot of repetition ("Roger Miller was the funniest cat." "Roger was always up all night long." etc.) but there are also quite a few Nashville-style tales in the book--Tootsie's, the Opry, etc.--as well as LA stuff. The goddamn coolest thing I discovered about Roger was that he only wrote that hugely famous first LP record (in the studio for the most part, almost totally spontaneously) to get out of his Smash Records contract so he could leave Nashville and try his hand at acting in LA. But then "King of Road" and "Dang Me" went ballistic and that's it! He had to get out there and take the crown. He HAD to. I mean, my god. And he held the record for the most Grammys ever won (starting in '64, '65) until Michael Jackson's Thriller. yep.
here's a brief passage. can you imagine pulling that stunt on Haggard? and not only that, but falling down in front of a crowd of thousands in your intro for the night?? this dude was fucking awesome.
Biff Adam has been Merle Haggard’s drummer off and on for the last forty years.
Biff: One of my favorite memories of Roger is when Merle was just learning to play the fiddle. He had this fiddle that I think Bob Wills gave to him and he was real proud of it. So we were doing a show at the Hollywood Bowl and of course Roger came out to the show. Roger had this old fiddle that he picked up at a pawnshop, and when Merle introduced him, he came out and stumbled and fell and broke that fiddle all over the stage! Merle could have died because he thought it was his fiddle. Roger was always doing crazy things like that. Everybody in the band knew he was going to do it but Merle. Roger came out and said, "Hey Merle, I got your fiddle here. Can I come out and play fiddle with you guys?" Merle said, "Yeah," and Roger came out and stumbled and the fiddle broke in a hundred pieces. Merle didn’t know what to do!
I remember that Roger used to rent a Lear jet. He used to send one back to Nashville to get them little bitty Krystal Burgers! He loved them. He’d send for about a hundred of them and fly them back to Hollywood and pass them out to everybody.
Lyle: Merle told me a little about you wanting to beat up Jerry Lee Lewis at the King of the Road Hotel. What happened?
Biff: Clyde Griffin was the biggest Jerry Lee Lewis fan in the world. Clyde asked Jerry Lee to play his favorite song and Jerry Lee said, "I isn’t gonna play that song!" and threw a shotglass at him. I was feeling pretty good at the time and went after him, but Jerry Lee’s bodyguard got him out the door. The drunker I got, the madder I got. I walked all over that hotel trying to find him because I was going to kill him, or whip his ass anyway.