The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus On George Jones, Pat Benatar & Johnny Cash


The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus, wearing a 21st century version of the mullet that accompanied his “Achy Breaky Heart” fame, was welcomed with screams and catcalls by the audience for a conversation about his memoir and meeting some music legends, including the recently deceased George Jones.

The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus & George Jones

The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus On George Jones, Pat Benatar & Johnny Cash

On The Talk, Billy Ray Cyrus talked about his encounters with music legends including the late George Jones, Johnny Cash, and rocker Pat Benatar. (Helga Esteb /


Billy spoke out in support of NBA player Jason Collins, who has come out as gay. Cyrus said the world needs more love, and people should be able to get married to whomever they love.

Country music star George Jones recently passed away, and Cyrus also expressed his sadness and condolences about Jones’s passing. “We’ve lost a living legend,” he said.

He recalled his working relationship and friendship with George Jones, dating back to a 1984 gig. Jones was notoriously late for his shows, and Cyrus had to stall with his band. They almost ran out of songs to play!


A few years later, Jones arranged for Cyrus to meet another music legend, Johnny Cash.

The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus & Pat Benatar

Billy Ray Cyrus moved to Hollywood and worked odd jobs to pay the bills. But that’s how he ended up meeting another idol, while working at a baby store. “I sold Pat Benatar a stroller,” which he said was the closest he came to rock success.

As his career took off, the tabloids did their thing, and Cyrus recalled one particular headline that made him chuckle: he was called a Chippendales dancer and purported to be in a relationship with Dolly Parton.

The Talk: Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus

These days, Cyrus and his wife have six children. Sheryl Underwood encouraged him to have even more kids, but of course everyone knows Miley Cyrus, who is successful in her own right.

He said that parenting is a challenge for anyone, but all you can do is the best you can. His new memoir is called Hillbilly Heart, and you can read more about his life in that.

The Talk: Armed Services YMCA

Cyrus has also teamed with Ryan’s Steakhouses, in a partnership for the Armed Services YMCA. The restaurants are selling the CD to benefit children of servicemembers who are deployed.


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