My Side Of Life
I readily accepted
Warren’s offer since he’s been a fan and a friend of mine for over fifty
years and knows my music as well as anyone. Although
Warren made it clear that he had never before written a book, I had observed his
writing ability first hand when, as a lawyer, he represented me in several legal
matters. With this knowledge, I was
confident that he could make the transition from lawyer to biographer.
thing we agreed on at the outset was that we didn’t want to simply do a
“textbook” biography, replete with facts, but with little style or humor.
One of the reasons for this was that several very humorous events
transpired over the course of my career that I have enjoyed relating to fans and
friends, and we both very much wanted to feature them in the book.
Warren and I met once or twice a month for over two years for taping sessions in which I outlined my entire career starting from age five. In each of the sessions I would sprinkle in one of the humorous events that left us both howling with laughter.
Warren went to work on the book and transcribed the
tapes, researched my music, and interviewed several people that were very
important in my life and my career.
results speak for themselves. When
I read his first draft I realized that he had exceeded my highest expectations.
The book is very reader–friendly, yet it accurately and completely
captures the history of my career. In
fact, when I read it, it brought back many pleasant memories–especially with
respect to the music–that I had simply forgotten.
as important, Warren also captured the humor and frivolity of the humorous
events mentioned above, including many colorful adventures of The Brazos Valley
Boys. I should add that, in those
days, most of The Brazos Valley
Boys were good-looking, young, single and/or between steady girlfriends and
marriages. Therefore it was natural
for them to pursue friendships with the opposite sex, and vice versa. And it’s a good thing that it was this way–otherwise our
human race would fade into obscurity, like the age of the dinosaurs.
hope you enjoy reading the book as much as Warren and I enjoyed putting it
Have a good time.