Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings Once Hilariously Discussed Being Roommates on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

by Keeli Parkey

To put it simply, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings were pretty good buddies. They were also two performers who truly respected one another.

In fact, at one point during their lives the two late country music icons were roommates. And, they once had a lot of laughs talking about sharing a residence while appearing on a show hosted by David Letterman.

According to the video on YouTube, the singers performed “Here Comes That Rainbow Again” in August 1985. Following the performance, they sat down with the famous comedian and host for an interview.

And, Letterman wastes no time asking Cash and Jennings about being roommates. Both of the men initially laugh at the question before they begin sharing their thoughts on those days. Cash first says that they shared a residence in the Madison Apartments in Madison, Tennessee.

“I had the apartment and you moved in,” Johnny Cash said to Waylon Jennings during the interview.

Jennings then claimed that he did the cleaning at their shared apartment. Cash disagrees. He claimed that June Carter, who became his wife, came to the apartment to clean.

The two old friends quickly get lost in their walk down memory lane, leaving Letterman without much to do. So, in typical Letterman style, he makes a joke of getting left out of the conversation. He pushes himself in his chair away from the two famous singers and picks up a magazine to read.

All the while, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings keep talking about their lives when they were roommates.

“That was great times, you know,” Jennings said. “Good biscuits,” Cash added.

Eventually, they notice that Letterman is no longer paying attention. That draws a laugh from both of them. Then, Letterman continues the interview.

You can watch Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings appear on David’s Letterman’s show below.

Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson Sing Tribute Song in Memory of Johnny Cash

It shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone that Waylon Jennings wasn’t the only country music singer who was very fond of Johnny Cash. By most accounts, Cash was a very likable person.

Two country music legends who were also very fond of the Man in Black were Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. They celebrated their friendship with Johnny Cash with the 2015 song “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash.” The song appears on their album “Django and Jimmie.”

The song was written by Haggard and its lyrics capture the Man in Black perfectly. Here’s one example: “Now Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two / Seemed to know just what to do / Invented the sound that hooked you and me / Added one to make the Tennessee Three / The Man In Black was long and lean / Hit the Billboard charts with a Teenage Queen …”

Here’s another sample of the lyrics: “Well, Johnny Cash was a friend of mine / Knew him well for a mighty long time / Shared the stage for many a show / Broke my heart to see him go …”

Watch Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson record “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash” below.