Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Sound: O

Bill said, "Billy Joe Shaver was a major contributor to the 70's Country Outlaw movement. He never became a superstar, but he wrote many of the hit songs of that era. His life is a living country song. He was married five times, three times to the same woman! His son, Eddie (featured in this video), who played lead guitar for both him and Dwight Yoakam, died from a heroin overdose. Billy Joe has fought many demons and survived. This guy's the real deal."


"(I'm Just an) Old Chunk of Coal"
Billy Joe Shaver, with Eddie Shaver

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18 comments:

  1. I've never heard that one, but now I have Dwight Yoakam 'Okie from Muskogee' in my head.

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    1. Bill said, "Billy Joe Shaver is not known so much by his name, but more by his song writing. John Anderson had a hit with a polished version of this song."

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  2. I've never heard that song either. I was busy with two little kids back then and I didn't listened to too much radio as the TV reigned supreme. I watched Soap Operas back then.
    I didn't get the toe tapping urge for this song.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Bill said, "A toe tapper by Billy Joe Shaver would be, "Georgia on a Fast Train". Let me know what you think!"

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  3. Bill,

    How interesting you should put this song up. It's new-to-me but what I find interesting is my blog pal, John (The Sound of One Hand Typing) featured Diamond song titles in his Monday post. You might want to visit him and make the suggestion of this song. Diamond isn't in the title but he might like to know it's in the lyrics. :) Thanks for sharing and have a good day!

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    1. Bill said, "We did see his post, and he did include it. Thanks, Cathy!"

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  4. Married three times to the same person? MOUSES! Guess he had found the love of his life but didn't realize it at first. Stuff like that happens, I think. PURRS.

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    1. Bill said, "Billy Joe went through a lot of turmoil and changes in his life. And, I am not sure he is not over that yet. But, maybe that is why he is such a good song writer."

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  5. Another casualty of heroine. ~sighs~ Tough life!

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    1. Bill said, "Yep. It is a shame, because when Eddie Shaver died, he had still not reached his peak. There is no telling how great he could have been. They had just released Georgia on a Fast Train, which was a big hit!"

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  6. Such an interesting character!

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    1. Bill said, "Yes, he is. There is a song about him: "Whacko from Waco". And, he did shoot a guy in a bar-room incident."

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  7. it matters not the age; losing a child is the worst demon for any parent; it's happened three times in my family circle...I feel for him

    hopefully the last marriage, was one of the 'three times' to the same gal ~~~ ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Bill said, "The circumstances of losing a child are all uniquely different, but they all hurt just the same.

      Unfortunately, Brenda died in 1999, while they were still married. Billy Joe mentions the death of her and their son Eddie frequently in concert. He follows that statement with his song "(I'm Gonna') Live Forever.
      *Caution: it will put a lump in your throat!"

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  8. The best songs come from those who have lived the lyrics.

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    1. Bill said, "Yes. He is clearly a good example of that!"

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  9. Sounds like he has had a tough life. He looks like Jeff Bridges.

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    1. Bill said, "He wrote a song about his tough life: "The Tough Get Going". If there is ever a movie about him, Jeff Bridges would be a good choice!"

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