A Note From The Producer

THE LOST WAFFLE HOUSE SONGS

Since 1982 Waffle House has been making music on their jukeboxes through their own record label, Waffle Records.
I was asked to come on board in 1982 to help write and produce the songs along with singer-songwriter Mary Welch Rogers.
Together we collaborated on over 30 Waffle House songs. It was not an easy task as Waffle House wanted them to sound like real records and not commercials.
We would work through a list of ideas and themes which would then need to be approved by staff in the communications division.
Once a song made the cut it would be recorded and pressed on vinyl 45s, which would then make their way to the Waffle House jukeboxes.
There were, however many Waffle House songs produced that did not make it to the jukebox. For various reasons they were put on hold or passed over and never released to the public…until now.
I thought Waffle House fans would enjoy hearing these lost songs that wereco-produced withmy close friend and collaborator Danny Jones along with a host of very talented people.
Some of the songs are completely produced. Others are still in various stages of completion but they are all fun to hear.
If you’re a Waffle House fan and like the Waffle House songs featured on the restaurant jukeboxes I think you’ll love hearing these never before released Waffle House songs too!
One thing is for sure…you won’t hear them on the jukebox or anywhere else but here.
Take a listen and let us know what you think!

Jerry Buckner

Exit 239

I Like It Like That at the Waffle House

Feels Like I'm At Home


“EXIT 239”
Artist: Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE:Because Waffle House has so many restaurants that are near interstate exits we decided to write a song about how Waffle House became a convenient place for two people meet. Exit 239 is a real exit off I-75 in Georgia


“GEORGIA WE LOVE YOU
Artist: Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE: Although this was written as a tribute to our home state of Georgia we planned to record a version for each state where there were Waffle Houses.


“I LIKE IT LIKE THAT”
Artist: Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE: Not sure where the idea came for this song but we had a great time recording it. It is one of my favorites


“LOOK UP”
Artist: Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE:We wanted to do something with a little groove to it so we took an original song we had been working on and rewrote it as a Waffle House song. This is definitely a first round demo.


“WAFFLE HOUSE MARCH”
Artist: Billy Dee
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE: Waffle house has always been a very patriotic company. Owner Joe Rogers Jr. once considered the chairmanship of the National Republican Party. For that reason we wanted to record a patriotic song. The artist on the song Billy Dee was and is still a very well-known entertainer here in Atlanta. Billy served in Vietnam and gave an incredible performance on the song . Billy is a tremendous talent and remains a great friend.


“FEELS LIKE I’M COMIMG HOME”
Artist: Danny Jones
Programed by Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE: This was an attempt at an Eagles type song.It is not a completed project but still sounds pretty good


“WAFFLE HOUSE MAN”
Artist: Danny Jones
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCER’S NOTE:This is another original song that we converted to a Waffle House song. It was originally called “NASCAR Man” but we thought the lyrics worked perfectly for Waffle House so we changed the title. We also didn’t want to get into legal problems using the NASCAR name.


“WE’RE CELEBRATING
Artist: Danny Jones Duet
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Producers: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCERS NOTE:We first started recording Waffle House songs in 1984. In 1995 we were asked to come up with a song to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Waffle House songs and Waffle Records. We decided to write a new song that included samples of some of the Waffle House song favorites mixed in. This is the original tribute song minus the songs sample mix.


“I LIKE IT LIKE THAT” (cause it’s smooth that way)
Artist: Unkown
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by: Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCERS NOTE:Waffle House has a large base of younger customers so we were asked to come up with something contemporary. I don’t remember exactly how this arrangement came together but it turned into a rap/hip-hop style track. The rapper did a great job but sadly we cannot remember his name as it was a quick in-and-out onetime session
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“THAT’S AMERICA”
Artist: / James Aparo
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones producers notes
PRODUCERS NOTE:The image Waffle House likes to project is their love for America. It is a genuine feeling from the top down. They want customers to feel at home when they come in. That’s why they greet you as you walk in the door. This was a tribute song about America linked to a campaign for Waffle House called”America’s Place To Eat.”


“THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS”
Artist: / Jerry Buckner
Song written by: Jerry Buckner
Programed by Danny Jones
Produced by: Danny Jones / Jerry Buckner
PRODUCERS NOTE: This was a t