Waylon Jennings, singer
The Highwaymen
birth name: Waylon Arnold Jennings

Waylon Jennings

June 15, 1937, Littlefield, TX ~ February 13, 2002, AZ

Jennings has managed simultaneously to return country to its roots and to revolutionize its beat and pitch. He has turned his back on the weepy strings and session orchestration most closely associated with modern country music, producing instead the exciting, gritty sound that has come to be the trademark of the Outlaw movement. “Maybe that's what has all these citified hippies so excited,” writes Melvin Shestack in The Country Music Encyclopedia, “the fact that here's a big, mean-looking man with a band that could easily be a group of rock-and-rollers with their long hair and electric guitars, and they're playing music that has as much rhythmic guts as you could wish for, but still really isn't anything like what they get on the radio around here. It's country music, no mistake, and do they ever love it to death. It's genuine, no frills, no slickness, no pretensions. Just hard-hitting, hard-living country soul.” ~ Musicianguide: Waylon Jennings ~ retrieved June 18, 2013 © Musicianguide

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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. ~ Wikipedia: Waylon Jennings ~ retrieved January 18, 2016 © Wikipedia

Waylon Jennnings ~ Inducted in the 2001 Country Music Hall of Fame ~ By the early 1970s Jennings was getting frozen out of country’s mainstream. He retaliated by hiring jazz musician Miles Davis's maverick manager from New York City, who put him into such high profile venues as the rock-retro Max’s Kansas City in New York. Gradually, Jennings began to win his war in the studio. He stayed true to his musical instincts and recorded a gallery of landmark recordings, most notably the 1973 albums Lonesome, On’ry And Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes. ~ 2001 © Country Music Hall Of Fame

In 2012 no less than six Waylon Jennings albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #375 This Time (1974) ~ #294 Waylon At JD's (1964) ~ #258 Ramblin' Man (1974) ~ #183 Lonesome, On'ry & Mean (1973) ~ #62 Waylon Live (1976) ~ #35 Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson ~ Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Bruce) ~ Ranked #10 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The best buddy team in country history took the cowboy song tradition of Roy Rogers into the Seventies, with a front-porch charisma that any doctor or lawyer would be lucky to have. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone


Before rock & roll gave listeners the Traveling Wilburys, country music spawned the Highwaymen, a supergroup of mythic proportions that featured living legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. ~ Allmusic: Highwaymen ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

The Highwaymen ~ The Road Goes On Forever (1995) ~ #480 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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