Mirriam Johnson, 25 May 1947, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Her mother became Sister Helen, an ordained Pentecostal minister, and Colter became the church pianist when only 11, hence her subsequent gospel album, Mirriam. She impressed Duane Eddy who produced her 1961 single Lonesome Road, and who then married her in 1963. He wrote and recorded an instrumental, Mirriam, while she wrote some of his album tracks as well as No Sign Of The Living for Dottie West. In 1967, Eddy and his wife recorded a duet single, Guitar On My Mind. After her divorce from Eddy in 1968, she married Waylon Jennings on 26 October 1969 at her mothers church. She adopted the stage name Jessi Colter after her great-great-great uncle who was in Jesse James notorious outlaw gang.
In 1975, Colter reached number 4 in the US pop charts with the self-penned Im Not Lisa, which was followed by the huge...