HIM – KEMO SABE
(Oh! Alright, alright! … Him – Willie Nelson!)
Willie Nelson was always very good to us at KMPS during the 1980s. There was the legendary story, around the station, that he actually wore one of our KMPS bandanas on “The Tonight Show,” but I’ve never been able to find any video confirmation for that story. We did receive phone calls from listeners swearing they saw Willie wearing the “Compass” bandana on television. Some callers wondered if the bandanas were available for sale. We had been handing out “free” bandanas, at live/remote broadcasts, as giveaways for listeners who were enticed to show up at those remotes with on air announcements such as: “The first 500 listeners to stop by at our live broadcast today will receive a free KMPS bandana!” Years later the famous KMPS bandana was actually incorporated as part of the station’s logo.
I was the KMPS Promotions Director during that period (May 1985 through ’87) and I pitched the idea of a KMPS Country Store Catalog.
5 thoughts on “ “Tonto, who is that masked man?””
I thought it was going to be a masked Jay Bird. How much more wrong could I be?
Steve: There’s always a smart-ass in the crowd! But as Eeyore would say, “thanks for noticing.”
Was it his idea to put the bandana on as a mask? Since this was centuries prior to covid…I assume he was going for the bandidos look. Did he coerce you into giving up your wallet?
Well Steven, it certainly was many moons ago … but to the best of my recollection we gave Willie a number of bandanas for his personal use because of his persona of wearing a bandana as a headband. He put the headband on and then said “how about this” and on went the bandido mask. My wallet was safe, but he did walk out with a tray of brownies.
One of Country Music’s most beloved entertainers is celebrating his 88th Birthday today (Friday April, 30th 2021). Born in the small town of Abbott, Texas (just south of Waco) Willie Nelson has been writing songs and performing for eight decades. Nelson usually releases a new album prior to or on his birthday. “That’s Life”, his 2nd tribute album to the songs of Frank Sinatra, came out in February.
Happy B-day Willie!