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|Wet Willie doing Keep On Smilin' at Volunteer Jam IV on 1/14/1978
We were first to post this video on YouTube
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|Keep On Smilin' - Jimmy Hall Band - Nashville TN
12/27/2015 - Recorded at Nashville's Third & Lindsley
The same year as the Volunteer Jam 2015 pictures above.
The Volunteer Jam was the annual Charlie Daniels Band concert first held on October 4, 1974, at the War Memorial Auditorium in
Nashville, Tennessee This was the beginning of a tradition.
The 2nd Volunteer Jam was released in the form of a movie. It was billed as the "First Southern Rock movie," even appearing in
theaters across the US. The movie was re-released on DVD in 2007. Regulars at the Nashville Volunteer Jam concerts included
George McCorkle, Jimmy Hall, Dickey Betts, Henry Paul, Dobie Gray, Toy Caldwell, and others.
In 1979, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for the first time since the 1977 plane crash, with several members of the Charlie Daniels Band.
CDB keyboardist Taz Digregorio took lead vocals on "Call Me The Breeze" followed by an extended instrumental version of "Free
Bird." In 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd returned to the stage for only the second time, also at the Volunteer Jam.
Each of the Nashville concerts featured a long list of special guests appearing onstage with Charlie and his band including Ted
Nugent, The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Tammy Wynette, Roy Acuff, Carl Perkins, Alabama, Don Henley and many more. Many of these concerts were broadcast live on the
radio. The Volunteer Jam on nationwide TV included a live broadcast on the Jerry Lewis Telethon and a Dick Clark produced
A "Volunteer Jam Tour" including the Charlie Daniels Band, the Outlaws and the Marshall Tucker Band toured the United States in
2007. The Nashville show scheduled for May 19, 2007 was cancelled, due to the closing of Nashville's Starwood Amphitheater
The 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 12, 2015.
Acts that appeared are the Charlie Daniels Band, Trace Adkins, Ted Nugent, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford, The Oak
Ridge Boys, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence,
Craig Morgan, Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Wynonna, Lee Roy Parnell and surprise guests Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Jimmy Hall (born April 26, 1949) is the lead singer and harmonica player for the Southern rock group, Wet Willie.
Hall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and brought up in Mobile, Alabama. He co-founded the band in 1970, and they had
significant success in the 1970s; in 1980 he scored a hit of his own with the single "I'm Happy that Love Has Found You" (US #27).
In May 1982, Hall peaked at #77 with the song "Fool For Your Love." In 1985, he sang lead vocals on Jeff Beck's album Flash,
and was nominated for a Grammy award for the performance. Hall has also toured with Hank Williams Jr., playing saxophone
Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They are best known for their hit "Keep On Smilin'," reaching No. 10 on
the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in August 1974, but had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of Southern
Wet Willie put out several albums on Capricorn Records between 1971 and 1977. Along with a "Greatest Hits" album released on
Polydor Records, they also released two more final studio albums on Epic Records, although some hits collections and further live
recordings have been released as recently as 2006. Perhaps their best-known LP is the 1973 live album, Drippin' Wet, but their
main claim to fame is the hit single, "Keep On Smilin,'" which reached No. 10 on the Billboard singles chart. They also enjoyed some
other Billboard-charted songs with "Country Side of Life," "Everything That 'Cha Do (Will Come Back to You)", "Leona," and from
their Epic Records period, "Street Corner Serenade" and "Weekend" from the LPs Manorisms and Which One's Willie?
|Volunteer Jam - Jimmy Hall & Friends
Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 12, 2015
Pictures by Pat Adams Click on Pictures to Enlarge
|Weekend - Wet Willie (with Jimmy Hall on vocals) - Great song!
One of Wet Willie's biggest hits. This is the original version of it.
|See more of our Jimmy Hall Pictures
|The 40th Anniversary of the Volunteer Jam
|The Jam begins! Charles Esten, Lee Roy Parnell, Jimmy Hall, Billy Crain & others
|Jimmy Hall & Lee Roy Parnell
|Former Wet Willie singer performs Keep On' Smilin'
|Charles Esten from the
"Nashville" TV show
|My Memories of Jimmy Hall, by Pat Adams (TennesseeConcerts editor)
Wet Willie was a part of southern rock history, with "Keep On Smilin" being their biggest hit.
Jimmy Hall has always been a regular at the Volunteer Jam concerts.
I saw Wet Willie open for Kansas at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium back in the 70's.
I once saw Wet Willie at the Exit In, after they came out with the song "Weekend".
In 1981, Jimmy Hall headlined the re-opening of the Exit In. Jimmy Buffett was a surprise guest.
Jimmy Hall also has a band called The Prisoners Of Love
Jimmy Hall recorded with Jeff Beck years ago. They played at the Boardwalk Cafe one night.
Jimmy Hall has lived in Nashville and played in venues around town for many years.
We have Mercy Lounge pictures of Jimmy Hall with "Deep South" with southern rock legends. Link
We have pictures of Jimmy Hall in front of the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park. Link