Waylon at JD's
|Waylon at JD's|
|Studio album by Waylon Jennings|
|Recorded||Arizona Recorders in Phoenix, Arizona|
|Producer||Waylon Jennings, Jim Musil|
|Waylon Jennings chronology|
Waylon at JD's is the debut album by Waylon Jennings. Though listed in several sources as a live recording, it is in fact a studio album, recorded at Arizona Recorders in Phoenix on December 4, 1964. 2000's The Restless Kid: Live At JD's (Bear Family) is a genuine JD's era live recording.
In 1961, Jennings and his band began playing a club called J.D.'s in Phoenix, Arizona, owned by J.D. Musil. Jennings' eclectic repertoire, which included country, rock and roll, and folk music, made him a local star as he gained a loyal fan base throughout Arizona. "It's a thing called payin' your dues," the singer explained in the authorized video biography Renegade Outlaw Legend, "but while you're payin' your dues you're learnin' your craft, you're learnin' your trade. You're learnin' what you're gonna do." Released to capitalize on Jennings' popularity, Waylon at J.D.'s was sold only at Musil's nightclub, and it sold out quickly so a new batch of albums was pressed. Those sold out as well. Early in his run at the club, Jennings hired his long-time drummer Richie Albright.
In 1969, Decca Records (now part of Universal Music) purchased the rights to the album from Musil, and reissued the album in an abridged form as "Waylon Jennings" on its Vocalion label. The songs from this album have been issued countless times on low-budget, unauthorized CDs. To date, there are only three truly authorized reissues of the "JD's" album: 1995's Clovis To Phoenix (Zu-Zazz/Bear Family), 1999's "The Journey: Destiny's Child" (Bear Family) and 2002's "Phase One: The Early Years 1959-1964" (Hip-O/Universal).
- "Crying" (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson)
- "Sally Was a Good Old Girl" (Harlan Howard)
- "Burning Memories" (Mel Tillis, Wayne Walker)
- "Big Mamou" (Link Davis)
- "Money (That's What I Want)" (Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy) (Lead vocals: Gerald "Jerry" Gropp)
- "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (Bob Dylan)
- "Dream Baby" (Cindy Walker)
- "It's So Easy" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty)
- "Lorena" (Charlie Williams) (Lead vocals: Paul Foster)
- "Love's Gonna Live Here" (Buck Owens)
- "Abilene" (Les Brown, Bob Gibson, John D. Loudermilk) (With Foster and Gropp)
- "White Lightning" (J.P. Richardson)
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