on 6/15/37 in Littlefield Texas. On local radio from the age 12, moved to
Lubbock Texas in 1964and worked as a disc jockey. Toured with Buddy Holly as
his Bass player from 1958-59. Moved to Phoenix and formed his own band, The
Waylors, in 1960 recorded for Trend in 1961. Moved to Nashville in 1965.
Established himself in the mid-70s as a leader of the “Outlaw” movement
in Country music. Married to Jesse Colter since 1969. In films “Nashville
Rebel” “MacKintosh” and “T.J.” and “Urban Cowboy”
Jenning's Number One Country Music Hits
- This Time – 1974
- I’m A Ramblin Man
- Are You Sure Hank
Done It This Way – 1975
- Luckenbach Texas
(With Willie Nelson) – 1977
- The Wurlitzer Prize
- I’ve Always Been
Crazy – 1978
- Amanda – 1979
- Come With Me –
- I Ain’t Living
Long Like This – 1980
- Theme From The Dukes
Of Hazards – 1980
- Lucille – 1983
- Rose In Paradise –
- Good Hearted Woman
- Mamma’s Don’t
Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – 1978
- Just To Satisfy You
- Highwayman- 1985
the black cowboy hat and bad-guy image, country star Waylon Jennings was
known as a stand-up guy. But when it came to his songs, it was a different
start messin' with my music, and I get mean," he told The Associated
Press in 1992. "As long as you are honest and upfront with me, I will
be the same with you. But I still do things my way."
died peacefully Wednesday at his Arizona home after a long battle with
diabetes-related health problems, said spokeswoman Schatzie Hageman. He
Jennings was an American archetype, the bad guy with a big heart,"
said Kris Kristofferson, who sang with Jennings
in the Highwaymen along with Johnny
Cash and Willie Nelson.
list of hits spans four decades and includes country music standards like
"Good-Hearted Woman" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow
Up to Be Cowboys," both duets with Nelson.
made 60 albums and had 16 country singles that reached No. 1. His
"Greatest Hits" album in 1979 sold 4 million -- a rare
accomplishment in country music for that era.
Waylon Jennings &
won two Grammy awards and four Country
Music Association awards. Other hits include "I'm a Ramblin'
Man," "Amanda," "Lucille," "I've Always Been
Crazy" and "Rose in Paradise."
George Jones called it a "great loss for country music."
Jennings' deep, sonorous voice was
unmistakable. He narrated the popular TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard"
and sang its theme song, which was a million seller.
"had a voice and a way with a
song like no one else," said country star Emmylou Harris, adding
"He was also a class act as an artist and a man."
had been plagued with health problems
in recent years that made it difficult for him to walk. In December, his
left foot was amputated.
traditionally wore a black cowboy hat and ebony attire that accented his
black beard and mustache. Often reclusive when not on stage, he played
earthy music with a spirited, hard edge.
of Jennings ' album titles nourished his brash
persona: "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean," "I've Always Been
Crazy," "Nashville Rebel," "Ladies Love Outlaws"
and "Wanted: The Outlaws."
often refused to attend music awards shows on the grounds that performers
shouldn't compete against each other. He didn't show up at his induction
into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year.
country music got a little too impressed with itself, Waylon was there to
let them know what the music's roots were. He was very uncompromising
about that," said Lenny Kaye, a guitarist with the Patti Smith Group
who helped Jennings write his 1996 autobiography.
1992, Jennings told the AP: "I've never
compromised, and people respect that."
made occasional forays into TV movies, including "Stagecoach"
and "Oklahoma City Dolls," plus the Sesame Street
movie "Follow That Bird" and
the B-movie "Nashville Rebel."
in Littlefield, Texas , Jennings
became a radio disc jockey at 14 and
formed his own band not long afterward. His hit records began in the
mid-1960s and his heyday was the mid-1970s.
1959, Jennings ' career was nearly cut short by
tragedy soon after it began.
was scheduled to fly on the light plane that crashed and killed Buddy
Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Jennings
gave up his seat on the plane to
Richardson, who was ill and wanted to fly rather than travel by bus with
those left behind.
a plane crash killed seven members of singer Reba McEntire's band in 1991,
Jennings was one of the first to call
told her there's one thing you're going to have to deal with. And that's
thinking it was your fault," he told the AP in 1992. "As a young
man at that time, I thought it was my fault. I felt guilty and I couldn't
get it out of my mind for years."
musician Rodney Crowell, that was typical Jennings
all of Waylon's tough stuff, he had such a tender heart. He was such a
sweet soul," Crowell said.
On September 12, Willie Nelson will release his first .