Jimmy Wayne’s First Time on the Radio: ‘It Was Incredible!’
In 2003, Jimmy Wayne released his self-titled debut album; its first single, "Stay Gone," reached the Top 10 on the Billboard country charts. The tune was inspired by the singer's sister, Patricia, who explained her marital troubles to Jimmy by saying she wished her husband would just "stay gone."
So where was the North Carolina native when he heard his first -- and very personal -- record on the radio for the first time? Below, he remembers.
I was in Tampa, Fla., sitting at a traffic light with Mike Culatta from WQYK. We were going to get sushi, and it came on the radio ... and I'm thinking, "Dude! That's my song!"
I use this analogy quite a bit: It was like that "bingo!" rush you get, multiplied by thousands. I rolled the window down and just yelled! It was incredible! I'll never forget that moment.
This story was originally written by Pat Gallagher, and revised by Angela Stefano.