Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈwlən ˈɛnɪŋz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, of "Jole Blon" and "When Sin Stops (Love Begins)". Holly hired him to play bass. In Clear Lake, Iowa, Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson. The day of the flight was later known as The Day the Music Died. Jennings then worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records and A&M Records, before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control.

During the 1970s, Jennings joined the Outlaw movement. He released critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On'ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country. In 1976, he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, the first platinum country music album. That success was followed by Ol' Waylon, and the hit song "Luckenbach, Texas". Jennings was featured in the 1978 album White Mansions, performed by various artists documenting the lives of white people in the Confederacy during the Civil War. The songs on the album were written by Paul Kennerley. By the early 1980s, Jennings was struggling with a cocaine addiction, which he quit in 1984. Later, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash, which released three albums between 1985 and 1995. During that period, Jennings released the successful album Will the Wolf Survive. He toured less after 1997, to spend more time with his family. Between 1999 and 2001, his appearances were limited by health problems. On February 13, 2002, Jennings died from complications of diabetes.

Jennings also appeared in movies and television series. He was the balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard, composing and singing the show's theme song. In 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which he chose not to attend. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 JD's Waylon Jennings 1
1966 Leavin' Town Waylon Jennings 1
1967 Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan Waylon Jennings 1
1967 Love of the Common People Waylon Jennings 2
1967 The One and Only Waylon Jennings 1
1968 Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings 1
1968 Jewels Waylon Jennings 1
1968 Hangin' On Waylon Jennings 1
1969 Just To Satisfy You Waylon Jennings 1
1970 Waylon Waylon Jennings 1
1970 Don't Think Twice Waylon Jennings 1
1970 Singer of Sad Songs Waylon Jennings 1
1971 Cedartown, Georgia Waylon Jennings 1
1971 The Taker / Tulsa Waylon Jennings 3
1972 Good Hearted Woman Waylon Jennings 1
1973 Lonesome, On'ry and Mean Waylon Jennings 3
1973 Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings 3
1974 This Time Waylon Jennings 4.5 3
1974 The Ramblin' Man Waylon Jennings 3
1975 Dreaming My Dreams Waylon Jennings 2
1976 Are You Ready for the Country Waylon Jennings 1
1977 Ol' Waylon Waylon Jennings 3 2
1977 The Outlaws Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser 3 1
1978 I've Always Been Crazy Waylon Jennings 1
1978 Waylon & Willie Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 2
1979 What Goes Around Comes Around Waylon Jennings 1
1980 Music Man Waylon Jennings 1
1981 Leather and Lace Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter 1
1982 Black On Black Waylon Jennings 1
1982 WW II Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 5 2
1983 It's Only Rock & Roll Waylon Jennings 1
1983 Take It to the Limit Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1984 Never Could Toe The Mark Waylon Jennings 1
1985 Turn The Page Waylon Jennings 1
1986 Sweet Mother Texas Waylon Jennings 1
1987 A Man Called Hoss Waylon Jennings 1
1990 The Eagle Waylon Jennings 1
1991 Clean Shirt Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 2
1992 Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A. Waylon Jennings 1
1992 Ol' Waylon Sings Ol' Hank Waylon Jennings 1
1993 Heroes Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings 1
1994 Waymore's Blues (Part II) Waylon Jennings 5 1
1995 Leavin' Town • Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan Waylon Jennings 1
1996 Right for the Time Waylon Jennings 2
1996 Crying Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1997 Burning Memories Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1998 Closing in on the Fire Waylon Jennings 3 1
2000 Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver 1
2009 Waylon Forever Waylon Jennings 1
2012 Goin' Down Rockin' : The Last Recordings Waylon Jennings 1

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