Life’s Playlist… Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

Who Shot JR?

On this date in 1980, one of televisions biggest cliff-hangers captured the imagination of the American public.  Who shot JR?

JR Ewing was the cornerstone of a wildly popular TV show on CBS called Dallas.  Long before the internet, social media or even personal computers, network television was where we found our entertainment.

If you were lucky you had four or five channels, NBC, CBS, ABC, TBS and PBS, back in the day when we watched those channels you had to get up out of your chair, walk over to the TV and change the channel….. horrors, right?!?!??

In 1980, Dallas was the number one show on television, it centered on The Ewing family, a rich oil family who lived in Texas.

JR was the dastardly, pompous tycoon, older brother who never saw a potential deal he couldn’t manipulate or a woman he didn’t feel entitled to romance, all while his wife sat home, drank vodka and popped pills.

During the 1980 season, JR had managed to create enemies with everyone, he had cheated his family members, business partners, mistresses and wife.

In the final scene of the season, JR was in his office late at night and heard a noise in the outer office, when he walked into the room to investigate, he was shot, falling to the ground and lying in a pool of blood as the credits appeared on the screen.

For that entire summer the country was locked in intrigue for Who Shot JR?  There were songs written, rumors surfaced, the mystery even made the cover of Time Magazine.

When the season returned in August, everyone was abuzz, not only did we not know if JR survived the shots, but we didn’t know who did it.

As the mystery was revealed we learned the would-be assassin was Kristin.  One of JR’s lovers and his sister-in-law.

During those hey-day years of nighttime soap operas, the shows would end every season with a great cliff-hanger, keeping fans interested in the show until it came back on the air in the Fall, but none of them were as big as WHO SHOT JR?

Life’s Playlist….. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

On this date, SIXTY years ago my older brother Sam was born.

In my monthly column for the September edition of, Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine I wrote about my brother and his influence on me.

You can check it out here.

Happy Birthday Sam, I hope you have 160 more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering a Free-Wheeling Spring in Life’s Playlist…. We Are the World by Various Artists

When “We Are the World” was released in the Spring of 1985, I was a junior at Georgia Southern College. (Now Georgia Southern University)

There had never been anything like “We Are the Wold” and to date nothing has ever replicated it.

Recorded by many of the music industries top artists, the song was recorded with the entire chorus in-studio together just after the American Music Awards.  During the months leading up to “We Are the World” the continent of Africa had been decimated by drought and thousands of people had died.

As a result the fund-raising effort “USA FOR AFRICA” was formed.

This was the first world-wide call to action, in support of a cause like the ones we see so frequently today.  All monies raised by record and cassette sales (yes, you had to go to a store and BUY music back in the dark-aged 80’s) went directly to the relief efforts.

The song played constantly on the radio and I remember laying by the pool, at the apartment complex I lived in, and each time it would air, 40, 50 and sometimes more of us would break into song.

Those were great days, when I hear this song I think back on great friendships and fun days in the sun singing for a cause.

Enjoy the song and see how many artists you recognize!

Life’s Playlist…. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

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Life’s Playlist…. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson