In 1971 Don McLean recorded the universally known song American Pie. It is a poetic telling of the tragic 1959 plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.). This week while discussing the release of his new album, Understanding and Appreciating Classical Music, Ron reflected on this story and the small twist of fate that eventually led to the creation of this album.
According to Ron (and confirmed from other sources) Waylon Jennings had initially planned to be on that infamous and tragic flight. At the last minute Jennings offered his seat to the Big Bopper who was suffering from a cold and instead, rode the bus to the next destination. The bus arrived safely and of course, the plane never made it.
As you probably know Waylon Jennings went on to have a successful career as a Country Music singer/songwriter. What you may not know is that in 1979 Waylon fathered his only son, Shooter Jennings with his wife Jessi Colter. Shooter went on to become a musician playing Country and Rock Music. In 2013 Shooter Jennings formed his own record label known as BCR. Shooter, under the BCR label has produced albums with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Wanda Jackson and now Ron Jeremy.
Last month the 14″ two sided vinyl album, Understanding and Appreciating Classical Music was released in a limited pressing of 1000 copies. On the album Ron plays classical pieces on the Piano and on the Harmonica. Not surprisingly he also cracks a few jokes along the way. The initial pressing sold out quickly nationwide. The recordings will soon be available for download and will also be coming out on CD in a few months. We will keep you posted on the availability right here on RonJeremy.com.
That was Ron’s story. It is a reflection on the interconnectedness of things. Some deep thoughts we are happy we were able to share with Ron’s fans and the readers of this website.