Waylon Jennings – Just A Good Ol’ Legend (VIDEO)
This is fantastic...a chance to revive two "legends" at once; plus relive a very cool part of my childhood.
The late, great Waylon Jennings wrote and performed the theme song to the CBS television show, The Dukes of Hazzard. He also served as narrator of the famous show that ran from 1979 to 1985. (seems like only yesterday.) He was chosen for that role because he had also narrated a 1975 movie, Moonrunners, on which "Dukes" was based.
A little background on my fondness for The Dukes of Hazzard. It was around this time that my parents had just divorced and I was just getting familiar with the new people in my life that would eventually become my step-mother and step-brother. We were pretty different at first, but we instantly bonded over this great show. When I arrived for my weekend visits, that was one of the first activities...watchin' the Duke boys, and Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Boss Hogg, Rosco P. Coltrane, (and "flash," geehgeehgeeh), Enos, and most importantly...Daisy!
We not only watched...we were Bo and Luke!(I was Luke) Numerous pairs of pants would be torn from sliding across car hoods and attempting to enter a vehicle through the windows. One of my favorite recollections involved my bro and I taking every miniature car we had, (trucks and combines included), getting out the model paint, and turning each and every one of them into the General Lee. (Good times, and certainly before political correctness set in.)
But, back to the song. Good Ol' Boys went to number 1 on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1980. There were a couple of different versions of the song recorded: the actual tv theme song, and also an album version that included the verse "I'm a good ol' boy. I know my mama loves me. But she don't understand, why they keep showin' my hands, and not my face, on tv." If you watched the show, you know they only showed Waylon playing guitar from the neck down.
So, here's a couple of different things to check out. I've got the actual opening from the show, and a live recording of Waylon singing the song. Enjoy!