Country Throwback: Read John Lennon’s Letter to Waylon Jennings

by Halle Ames

In today’s country throwback, we take a look at Beatles star John Lennon’s letter to Country Music Hall of Famer, Waylon Jennings from 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.

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).”

A copy of the famous letter made its way into Jenning’s autobiography, which sold at auction for $7,500 in 2014.

John Lennon

John Lennon was born in October of 1940 in Liverpool, England, however, died at the age of 40 from a gunshot wound sustained in New York City. He was the founder, co-lead vocalist, and guitarist for the Beatles. His songwriting skills with Paul McCartney are the most successful in musical history, landing him in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon also had 25 number-one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings was born in June of 1937 in Littlefield, Texas. In 2002, he died in his sleep due to complications with diabetes. He is best known for being a trailblazer of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of country music. In 2001, Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The country legend had 16 singles reach number one.

[H/T Rolling Stone]