Waylon Jennings’ $25,000 Bathroom Break



In early 1972, Waylon Jennings decided he wanted control of his music. He hired a New York attorney named Neil Reshen — the same attorney who helped Willie Nelson get his RCA contract — to negotiate his contract with Music Row. Negotiations had reached a point where Jennings wanted $25,000 and the record company refused to give it to him, when all of a sudden, the room grew quiet. It was at that moment that Jennings decided he needed to use the restroom. Instead of making excusing himself, he simply got up and walked out of the room. Thinking Jennings had simply walked out on the negotiations, the record company quickly agreed to pay him the $25,000. That became known as the $25,000 bathroom break.