The horse stalls were converted to dressing rooms. The Showtime pay-TV network was brand new and had a contract to film that first two-day event. Forty-eight hours before the event, the organizers discovered a very big problem.
While finalizing the schedule, they couldn't get any of the other big stars to agree to follow Johnny Cash at ten o'clock on the first night, Saturday.
Bill Boyd, the then president of the Academy of Country Music, was the talent Hey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl) for the show. He called me in a panic. The Jamboree staff had told him about the terrific crowd response to my appearances on their Saturday night shows. On several occasions, the staff announcer was not able to come out on stage and read the traditional live commercials during my show.
The audience would "boo" him so loudly that the radio listening audience couldn't hear the announcer. One night, when it was time for a commercial break during Hey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl) show, three large truck driver-looking fellows walked up onto the stage and bodily carried the announcer away. Talk about a show stopper!! Conway Twitty was the headliner on one of those shows and Kenny Rogers was the headliner on another that I specifically remember.
Sometime later, I learned that only when Mayf Nutter was on stage, had this phenomenon ever happened. By WWVA had developed a new system of doing their radio commercials during my shows. They would no longer send the announcer on stage to read the spot. Instead, they simply faded-down the radio broadcast Hey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl) applause after a song, then played the pre-taped commercial from the radio station control room.
Then they would re-join my show "in progress". That way the theater audience had no interruptions and were unaware the commercials had even been done. Second is the possibility that Johnny Rotten is going to go the way of Elvis, but it isn't known yet. When it's electric, he asks a question. When it's acoustic, he asks a question. ChiefJan 25, Location: The bottom of the cynical cesspool. CheepnikJan 25, Location: Richmond, VA.
Location: Central NJ. I've always thought of the 'King' as an Elvis reference. It was less than a year after he died. The Johnny Rotten line? Well 'there's more to the picture than meets the eye' he's telling us. Just like Johnny Rotten is a character for Lydon, it's a character for Neil. He even sings the words 'a Johnny Rotten' in the acoustic version - it could be any snot-nosed rock 'n roll punk. I also think as a songwriter, Neil just found a good and brilliant lyrical rhyme and ran with it.
The Sex Pistols' notoriety certainly inspired it. It sets up the theme of the album "Is Rock dead? The answer of course is 'Rock and Roll will never die. But by the end of the album he's screaming with joy over the top of the band. Location: Outside of Philly.
Rotten once made a comment that Neil Young was the only hippie worth anything. I wish I could find the exact quote but my quick Google search came up empty. This is probably a way of thanking Johnny, in Neil logic.
It's better to burn out, a la the Pistols, than it is to rust, like the King. To continue the rock references song, the lyrics were quoted in Kurt Cobain's suicide note. RexKramerHey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl), Jan 25, Location: Ohio, USA.
And remember if someone already made this point, forgive me : "Rotten" was dead byto be replaced by "Lydon. Lydon, in contrast, remains crabby and won't go away. John, I think everyone should listen to their inner English professor, so I agree with your insistence on the importance of that article.
On the other hand, the singer in me feels constrained to note that this might not be an article at all.
It could just be a sort of rock and roll singer's "uh," a sort of bump in the melody of the line. Still, I like the idea that the line is different in two ways in the two versions of the song on the album once as a statement with the article and once as a question without itif I got that order right.
Another thing that seems important probably more important is the fact that Young mutes the negative statement about Elvis with the fact that he's not forgotten. He may have rusted in the end in life, but what he did earlier has earned him his immortality.
Better to earn that and then burn out before the rust sets in. Even better--as in Young's own case--to just keep on burning Location: los angeles. Saw Neil during the time of the Pistols reunion tour. During the end of "Out of the blue" he waved his hand and shouted "bye bye, Johnny Steve GJan 25, Location: Atlanta. I remember this album when it first came out, very vividly. This was one of the first albums I bought. At the time, the contrast between recently-deceased Elvis and Punk-poster-boy Johnny Rotten could not have been more stark.
It really felt like a turning point, even for a year old with a relatively dim understanding of where rock had been and where it was poised to go.
To me, the song presents "a Johnny Rotten" as a rock star stereotype. It seemed a deliberate attempt to say, "Who's the Hey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl) 'rock star'? Who was 'Johnny Rotten' 20 years ago? You wanna know what Hey There Johnny - Mayf Nutter With The Hugh Garrett Singers - Hey There Johnny / My KInd Of Music (Vinyl) to 'Johnny Rottens' when they grow up?
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