Jessi Colter
American musician
Jessi Colter
Jessi Colter is an American country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, country singer and songwriter Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa". Jessi Colter was one of the few female artists to emerge from the mid-'70s "outlaw" movement. After meeting her future husband, Colter pursued a career in country music, releasing her first studio LP in 1970, A Country Star is Born.
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A Beautiful Expression Of Belief By Jessi Colter
NPR - about 1 month
Country music luminary Jessi Colter has only released one album since the 2002 passing of her husband, Waylon Jennings. Now she's back with a moving labor of love called The Psalms. (Image credit: David McClister/Courtesy of the Artist)
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George Jones' 'Amazing Grace' Album Is An Impressive Posthumous Release
Huffington Post - over 3 years
George Jones, "Amazing Grace" (Bandit/Welk) The first release of George Jones music following his death in April features the legendary singer on a collection of traditional hymns. Largely recorded in 2002, "Amazing Grace" finds Jones in full voice and backed by the subtle orchestrations of producer Billy Sherrill, who recorded many of Jones' classic hits in the 1970s and `80s. Across 12 recordings, Jones performs classics such as "Peace In The Valley," "The Old Rugged Cross" and the title song with solemn reverence, using subtle shifts in volume and phrasing to draw deep emotions from these often-performed standards. Each song features moments that prove why Jones was an unparalleled vocalist. Sherrill also shows why he was such a great studio match for Jones. Whether it's the quiet piano-and-bass opening of "In The Garden," or how the harmony voices and steel guitar play off Jones in "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," Sherrill's arrangements add depth to the singer's distinctive inter ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of May 20-26
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
May 20: Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Actor Dave Thomas is 63. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 60. Actor Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 56. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 53. Actor John Billingsley (“Enterprise”) is 52. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 52. Singer Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 is 51. TV personality Ted Allen (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) is 47. Actress Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) is 46. Guitarist Tom Gorman of Belly is 46. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 40. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 37. Actor Matt Czuchry (“Friday Night Lights,” ”Gilmore Girls”) is 35. Singer-actress Naturi Naughton (3LW) is 28. May 21: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 71. Guitarist Hilton Valentine of The Animals is 69. Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 67. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 65. Actress Carol Potter (“Beverly Hills 90210,” ”Sunset Beach”) ...
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Waylon Jennings’ Final Recordings to be Released in September
GAC - Great American Country - almost 5 years
Waylon Jennings Ten years after his death, the final recordings of Waylon Jennings will be released with his family’s blessing on September 11. Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings will include 12 tracks recorded by Waylon and longtime accompanist Robby Turner before Waylon’s death in 2002. The pair laid down the tracks with just Waylon’s guitar and vocals and Robby’s bass. They planned out the future instrumentation for each track, but Waylon passed before the project could be completed. All 12 tracks on the album, to be released on Saguaro Road Records, were chosen by Waylon and reflect his state of mind, passion and statements he wanted to make. Bringing in musicians who worked with Waylon like Reggie Young, Richie Albright and Tony Joe White, Robby returned to the studio to finish the album. “Waylon knows he’s surrounded by friends and all that hear this will feel as if they know Waylon in all his authenticity,” his widow, Jessi Colter, said. “I rememb ...
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Waylon Jennings' final studio recordings due in September
LATimes - almost 5 years
Country outlaw Waylon Jennings was working on a new batch of recordings right before he died 10 years ago, and those sessions are at the heart of a final studio collection to be released in September, “Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings." In the studio, he had been working with longtime bassist Robby Turner, but they had recorded only Jennings’ vocals and guitar, and Turner’s bass, with plans to flesh them out with additional instrumentation. Jennings died Feb. 13, 2002 at age 64 of diabetes. Recently Turner went back to those recordings and brought in former Jennings cohorts -- guitarist Reggie Young, drummer Richie Albright and singer, songwriter and Jennings’ former tourmate Tony Joe White -- to add the sounds Jennings and Turner originally discussed. Of the dozen songs on “Goin’ Down Rockin',” 11 were written by Jennings, the 12th song being White’s title track. The recordings, slated for release on Sept. 11, have never previously been available to t ...
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Who names the sound? - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Outlaws (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, et al); 1978's No New York (Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Contortions, Mars and DNA); 1988's Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, others). There are occasions, too,
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Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Live Concerts Coming to DVD - The Boot
Google News - over 5 years
Waylon's wife Jessi Colter makes a cameo on his DVD for a duet on 'Storms Never Last.' The US Festival was founded by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, in conjunction with a technology exposition and the construction of a new outdoor venue in
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Not the way daddy did it - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
The saga of Waylon Jennings (1937-2002) looms large over Shooter, the only child from dad's fourth marriage - to singer-songwriter Jessi Colter, now 64. Waylon Jennings, born into cotton-picking poverty in Littlefield, Texas, scrapped and scratched his
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Country music legend Alan Jackson pulls into Ironstone with country music ... - Modesto Bee
Google News - over 5 years
Shooter Jennings is the only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, obviously a performer who grew up in the entertainment business and one who got started early — a drummer at age 5, a guitarist at 14, and a part-time player in his father's band
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Shooter Jennings Sends Musical Message to Faux Outlaws -
Google News - over 5 years
As the son and only child of Waylon Jennings' marriage to Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings gradually became aware as he grew up -- and became a musical artist himself -- of his parents' pivotal role in the Outlaws' musical movement of the 1970s
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July 8, 2011 - Memphis Commercial Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
Those were served up by an array of celebrities, including Kris Kristofferson, Chips Moman, Jeannie C. Riley, John Schneider and Waylon Jennings and his wife, Jessi Colter. Downtown merchants insisted yesterday on parking along both sides of Main
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The Wood 'n' Lips Open Mic Newsletter -
Google News - over 5 years
She did: Goebel Reeves' “Hobo's Lullaby” (Woody Guthrie covered it); Loretta Lynn / Emmylou Harris “Blue Kentucky Girl”; and Jessi Colter's “Storms Never Last”. 9:00 Scot Ryder: Back for a second time, is an accomplished instrumentalist who adds some
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Lukas Nelson - Willie's son - to play at Pozo Saloon - San Luis Obispo Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
And I remember Jessi Colter used to want to paint my nails. She was just teasing me, but I was afraid of her because she'd have these colored pencils. And we'd be on tour in Australia or wherever, and every time she saw me, she'd grab my hands
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John Goodspeed: Rogers, Bowen bring acoustic tour to Floore's - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
At the concert 1-5 pm Sunday will be roots/outlaw country artist Jesse Dayton, who played guitar for Jennings and others, including Waylon's widow, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Proceeds will go toward diabetes research and care at the
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Carter's Chord Dish on 'Wild Together' EP, Toby Keith and Advice They Took ... - Taste of Country
Google News - over 5 years
Our mom sang background for him and our dad played the keys, and we just grew up with a huge, rich musical heritage with Waylon and Jessi Colter and the Crickets. It was one big extended family. By the time that we were young, we were completely
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Five worth the drive - Ottawa Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
... established and emerging artists including the big-voiced Martina McBride, the ever-emotive Lorrie Morgan, Shooter Jennings - offspring of country royalty Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter - and Canada's Scotland-born pride and joy, Johnny Reid
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The almanac -
Google News - over 5 years
... actors Dixie Carter in 1939 and Ian McKellen, also in 1939 (age 72); singer/actor Leslie Uggams and singer Jessi Colter, both in 1943 (age 68); Frank Oz (born Richard Frank Oznowicz) director, actor, puppeteer (Miss Piggy of The Muppets),
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jessi Colter
  • 2007
    Age 63
    In 2007 Colter recorded a duet version of her 1975 hit "I'm Not Lisa" with Deana Carter on her 2007 album, The Chain. Colter met Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy in Phoenix. He produced her first record, and she toured with him. They were married in 1962, in Las Vegas, settling in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details She pursued a career as a songwriter under her married name, Miriam Eddy. Her songs were recorded by Don Gibson, Nancy Sinatra, and Dottie West. Colter and Eddy have a daughter, Jennifer. In 1968, Eddy and Colter separated, divorcing later that year. Colter moved back to Arizona.
  • 2006
    Age 62
    In 2006, Colter returned to recording with a new studio album released on the Shout!
    More Details Hide Details Factory label, Out of the Ashes. "Out of the Ashes" was Colter's first studio album in over 20 years. The album was produced by Don Was and reflected on Jennings' death. Jennings had an unused vocal, "Out of the Rain," which was featured on the track. The album was given many positive reviews, including Allmusic, which gave the album four out of five stars in 2006. Out of the Ashes was her first album since 1981 to chart on the Top Country Albums chart, peaking at No. 61.
  • 2000
    Age 56
    In 2000, Colter performed on Jennings's live album Never Say Die, released two years before his death in 2002, at age 64.
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  • 1996
    Age 52
    In the early 1990s, she focused her attention on performing and released an album of children's music titled Jessi Colter Sings Just for Kids: Songs from Around the World in early 1996.
    More Details Hide Details It featured a guest appearance by Jennings, who recited some of his poetry for the video.
  • 1984
    Age 40
    As the decade progressed, Colter's success began to decline. She released an album in 1984 on the Triad label titled Rock and Roll Lullaby, produced by Chips Moman.
    More Details Hide Details However, in the later years of the decade, she decided to let her recording career decline in order to help take care of and nurse her husband through his drug abuse and various medical problems. She remained active during this time.
  • 1981
    Age 37
    Also in 1981 Colter released her final studio album on Capitol records, Ridin' Shotgun, which also spawned Colter's last charting single on the country charts, "Holdin' on."
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    The album's first single, "Storms Never Last," was written by Colter, and the second single, "The Wild Side of Life"/"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," was also a major hit in 1981, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard Country Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The album was certified Gold in sales by the RIAA that year, Colter's second RIAA-certified album to date. Stevie Nicks wrote the title track of the album; however, after receiving word that Colter and Jennings might divorce, Nicks released her own version of the song as a duet with Don Henley. It peaked at No. 6 on Pop chart, also in 1981.
    In 1981, Colter and her husband returned to release a duet album entitled Leather and Lace.
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  • 1977
    Age 33
    For the remainder of the decade, Colter toured with her husband, Waylon Jennings, and released her studio album Mirriam in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She then released her next album, That's the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls the following year. Her success began to decline through the remainder of the decade, with her final two albums of the decade not producing any Top 40 country hits.
  • 1976
    Age 32
    The lead single from her Jessi album, "It's Morning (And I Still Love You)" was a Top 15 country hit in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Her second album that year, Diamond in the Rough produced only one charting single,"I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name."
  • 1975
    Age 31
    Both albums were as successful as Colter's 1975 album, both debuting at No. 4 on the Top Country Albums chart.
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    The song was Colter's breakthrough single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and also peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Chart, becoming a crossover hit in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Her second album, titled I'm Jessi Colter was also released that year and debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 50 on the Billboard 200. The follow-up single from her album "What's Happened to Blue Eyes" was also very successful, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 57 on the Pop Chart. The single's B-side, "You Ain't Never Been Loved (Like I'm Gonna Love You)," charted among the Top Pop 100 also in 1975. Colter couldn't follow-up her success on the Pop Charts; she was not able to chart among the Pop Top 40. That year, Colter launched her own nationwide tour at the Los Angeles Civic Center. In 1976 Colter released her second and third Capitol studio albums, Jessi and Diamond in the Rough.
    In 1975, Colter was signed with Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details On the label, she released her debut single, "I'm Not Lisa."
  • 1970
    Age 26
    On March 25, 1970 she played keyboard for her husband during his appearance on The Johnny Cash Show.
    More Details Hide Details She released her debut album, A Country Star is Born, on RCA, with Jennings and Chet Atkins co-producing The album was not successful and did not make an impact on the country music market. It was Colter's only album for RCA, and she left the label soon after. However, her face appears on several Jennings record covers from this period.
    Johnson, now billing herself as "Jessi Colter", resumed her recording career in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Waylon Jennings and Colter sang duet on two top 40 country chart hits.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    In 1969 she met and married Waylon Jennings.
    More Details Hide Details At this time, Colter adopted her stage name, Jessi Colter, in honor of her great grandfather, Jesse Colter. Colter then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with Jennings. Colter and Jennings had one son, Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings (born May 19, 1979). In the early 1980s, Colter and Jennings nearly divorced due to his addiction to drugs and other forms of substance abuse. However, they remained together until Jennings' death in 2002. Studio albums Collaboration albums Compilation albums
  • 1968
    Age 24
    She continued to tour with Eddy until divorcing in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she met country artist Waylon Jennings who helped her secure a recording contract with RCA Victor.
  • 1961
    Age 17
    After marrying guitarist Duane Eddy in 1961, and still using her real name of Miriam Johnson, she issued two singles that were issued on the Jamie label.
    More Details Hide Details The first, "Lonesome Road", received scattered airplay in several US markets, though not enough to make any national charts. After a second single failed to even get regional airplay, Johnson did not record again for nearly a decade.
    After graduating from Mesa High, AZ in 1961, she began singing in local clubs in Phoenix.
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  • 1943
    Born on May 25, 1943.
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