Country Throwback: Watch Waylon Jennings Perform ‘Lonesome, On’ry and Mean’ at Texas Opry in 1975

by Joe Rutland
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Waylon Jennings is one of country music’s legendary outlaw singers, right up there with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. His voice remains beloved.

Jennings, the Country Music Hall of Famer who died in 2002, provided his own spin on songs from great performers and incorporate them into his own lore.

One of those is “Lonesome On’ry and Mean,” which was written by Steve Young.

In this video clip, Jennings performs this song back in 1975 at the Texas Opry for the show “Opry House” that was filmed at the KERA-TV studios taped in Dallas, Texas. The show happened to be the original Texas country music concert series that pre-dates “Austin City Limits.”

When Waylon Jennings And John Lennon Crossed Paths

Appreciation for Jennings’ music comes from different people and realms. It was quite an occasion for Jennings to receive a letter from John Lennon.

Lennon wrote to Jennings in 1975. The two hit stars crossed paths in early 1975 at the Grammy Awards.

After the encounter, Lennon wrote Jennings a mostly typewritten letter expressing his delight to finally meet. He also referenced many songs that are presumed to have been included in the message.

Back in 2018, the Netherlands-based group The Yearlings tweeted out a copy of Lennon’s letter to Jennings.

In the first line of the letter, Lennon misspells the country singer’s name, typing “Dear Wayland” with a written note on the side saying, “Waylon (sorry about that).” He then says, “twas good ta meetya!”

Lennon writes, “try these on for size,” what people assume is referencing the mystery songs included.

He then mentions the 1973 Mind Games track “Tight A$,” as “the HIT” with three drawn in exclamation points. Jennings never released the song as a single, however.

“I should have released it as a single myself, but I left it to late… but it aint for someone else…” Again, Lennon corrected his misspelling of ‘someone’ with a written edit.

The letter concludes with “all the best to you, saw you on the T.V. last week. V.G. (nice band).”

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