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

Waylon Jennings

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

If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the '70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional musician since the late '50s, it wasn't until the '70s that Waylon, with his imposing baritone and stripped-down, updated honky tonk, became a superstar. Jennings rejected the conventions of Nashville, refusing to record with the industry's legions of studio musicians and insisting that his music never resemble the string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were coming out of Nashville in the '60s and '70s. Many artists, including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, followed Waylon's anti-Nashville stance and eventually the whole "outlaw" movement - so-named because of the artists' ragged, maverick image and their independence from Nashville - became one of the most significant country forces of the '70s, helping the genre adhere to its hardcore honky tonk roots. Jennings didn't write many songs, but his music - which combined the grittiest aspects of honky tonk with a rock & roll rhythm and attitude, making the music spare, direct, and edgy - defined hardcore country, and it influenced countless musicians, including members of the new traditionalist and alternative country subgenres of the '80s. ~ Allmusic: Waylon Jennings ~ retrieved June 13, 2013 © Allmusic

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June 15, 1968 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Tommy James & the Shondells, Mony Mony ~ #2 (3) Herb Alpert, This Guy's In Love With You ~ #1 (1) Simon & Garfunkel, Mrs Robinson


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 ~ Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys ~ Ranked #187 RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century in 2001.


Formed in 1985, the group did not have an official name when they released their first album on Columbia Records. The album, entitled Highwayman, was credited to “Nelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson.” The single Highwayman, a Jimmy Webb cover, became a No. 1 country hit. ~ Wikipedia: Highwaymen ~ retrieved July 11, 2013 © Wikipedia

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

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