John Schneider has performed at the Franklin Theatre on several occasions, most recently during the Elvis Festival, one of this first hits was 1981’s cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. Schneider recently married his longtime girlfriend and here are some other things you may or may not know about him.
1John Schneider is best known for his role as “Bo Duke”
Schneider played one of the main characters – “Bo Duke” – on the hit show The Dukes of Hazzard which aired from 1979-1985; he was only 18 when he was cast for the role. The director was looking for a country boy, Schneider arrived to his audition in a truck and sporting a scruffy beard. In addition, he has starred in “Smallville” and Tyler Perry’s “The Have and The Have Nots” and performed on Broadway.
2He Never Launched General Lee in the Show
Schneider did drive General Lee for the show and performed some of the precision driving but never the famous jump scenes. That changed on his 58th birthday where he jumped General Lee. In a past interview with Motor Trend, Schneider admits to being a car collector, and how he even owned a car repair shop called A Celebrity Machine which he eventually sold.
3He’s a Country Artist
Schneider came to Nashville to record during the 80s which led to four number one hits. His hit singles include “Country Girls,” “What’s a Memory Like You,” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.” In 2018, he relaunched his music career by releasing a new song every week.
4Co-Founded Children’s Miracle Network with Marie Osmond
Schneider and Marie Osmond created a foundation in 1982 called Children’s Miracle Network. The non-profit raises money for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues.
5Schneider & Cash Gifted Each Other Sentimental Jackets
Schneider told Nashville Soundbite the story of how Johnny Cash spontaneously gave him a custom duster made by designer Manuel. When Schneider tried to refuse the gift by saying “But, Johnny, it’s your favorite,” Cash replied, “If it wasn’t my favorite, I wouldn’t give it to you.” Months later, Schneider had a custom duster made out of denim patched by his great grandmother. Schneider wore it for his Trying to Outrun the Wind album cover and wore it to Fan Fare (now called CMA Fest). While backstage, wearing the denim duster at Fan Fare, Cash commented on how much he liked Schneider’s duster and Schneider gave it to him, reminding Cash “if it wasn’t my favorite, I wouldn’t give it to you.” Cash was photographed wearing it on his next album cover – Johnny Cash is Coming to Town-Boom Chicka Boom.