Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɪnɪnz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. He formed a band, 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. During the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson, and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died. Following the accident, Jennings 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, A&M Records before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control of his records.

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. The success of the album was followed by Ol' Waylon, and the hit song “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” 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. 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; he also composed and sang the show's theme song. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which he chose not to attend until later on. In 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings 1
1967 Love of the Common People Waylon Jennings 1
1968 Hangin' On Waylon Jennings 1
1970 Don't Think Twice Waylon Jennings 1
1971 The Taker / Tulsa Waylon Jennings 2
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 1
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 2
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
1987 A Man Called Hoss Waylon Jennings 1
1990 The Eagle Waylon Jennings 1
1991 Clean Shirt Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1994 WW II Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 5 2
1996 Right for the Time Waylon Jennings 2
1997 Burning Memories Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1998 Closing in on the Fire Waylon Jennings 1
1999 This Time Waylon Jennings 5 2
2009 Waylon Forever Waylon Jennings 1
Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals and Dirt Waylon Jennings 1
Folk-Country Waylon Jennings 1
Full Circle Waylon Jennings 1
Hangin' Tough Waylon Jennings 1
Heroes Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings 1
Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly for L.A. Waylon Jennings 1
Waylon and Company Waylon Jennings 1
Waymore's Blues (Part II) Waylon Jennings 1
Will the Wolf Survive Waylon Jennings 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1972 Ladies Love Outlaws Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1979 Greatest Hits Compilation Waylon Jennings 3
1984 Waylon's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1986 The Best of Waylon Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1989 New Classic Waylon Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1991 Willie Waylon Kris & Cash Compilation Willie, Waylon, Kris & Cash 2
1992 The Outlaws Compilation Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson 1
1993 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1994 Thanks to Buddy Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1996 Super Hits Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1996 The Essential Waylon Jennings Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1997 All American Country Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
1999 The Journey: Destiny's Child Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
2000 The Gold Collection Compilation Waylon Jennings 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Waylon Jennings Compilation Waylon Jennings 1

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