Michael Rule country music singer explains: “Everybody assumes that artists like Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings are my inspiration.” Three days after Michael Rule was born he was diagnosed with a dysfunctional heart, which led to eight major operations including open heart surgery. The doctors did not expect him to live through his childhood. He says, “I’ve got more scars than Rambo so I really fooled them.”
Doctors and his mother were very protective and all too often Michael heard the phrase ‘you can’t’. Whether it was ‘you can’t run across the playground’, or ‘you can’t play baseball’. But he did it all anyway…and still does. The album was released on March 15th 2011 – ‘Just Me Talking‘. You will also find ‘For Loving You‘ released on Hillcrest Music CD 62 and Hillcrest Canada CD 65 August 2012 for country music radio promotions.
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Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɛnɪŋz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at 14 on KVOW radio.
His first band was The Texas Longhorns. He worked as a DJ on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’s first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins)”.
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Holly hired him to play bass. In Clear Lake, Iowa, the story is told that Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens and pilot Roger Peterson. Jennings then worked as a DJ in Coolidge, Arizona and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records and A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control.
Decades of excessive smoking and drug use took a large toll on Jennings’ health in addition to being overweight and a poor diet which resulted in his developing Type II diabetes. In 1988, four years after quitting cocaine, he finally ended his six-pack-a-day smoking habit.
That same year, he underwent heart bypass surgery. By 2000, his diabetes worsened and the pain reduced his mobility to the point where he was forced to end most touring. That same year, he underwent surgery to improve his left leg’s blood circulation. In December 2001, his left foot was amputated at a hospital in Phoenix.
On February 13, 2002, Jennings died in his sleep from complications of diabetes at the age of 64, at his home in Chandler, Arizona. He was buried in the City of Mesa Cemetery, in nearby Mesa. At his memorial service on February 15, Jessi Colter sang “Storms Never Last“.