Waylon Jennings

Country Singer and Guitarist Waylon Jennings

Full Name: Waylon Arnold Jennings
Profession: Country Singer and Guitarist

United States of America

Biography: Waylon Jennings was an American musician who pioneered the outlaw movement in country music. He released several major albums: Lonesome, On'ry and Mean (1973), Honky Tonk Heroes (1973), Dreaming My Dreams (1974), and Are You Ready for the Country (1976).

Jennings' career began in earnest when, in 1958, Buddy Holly hired him as a bass player. He was due to fly on the 1959 flight which crash killed Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, and Ritchie Valens but gave up his seat.

Outlaw country was a movement in country music that Jennings drove during the 1970s, including the release of country music's first platinum album: Wanted! The Outlaws (1976), which brought together Jennings with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter.

Born: June 15, 1937
Birthplace: Littlefield, Texas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: February 13, 2002 (aged 64)
Cause of Death: Diabetic complications

Married Life

  • 1969-10-26 American outlaw country singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings (32) weds American singer Jessi Colter (26) in Phoenix, Arizona

Historical Events

  • 1974-09-28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • 1977-04-11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1977)
  • 1986-07-04 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle

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