Waylon Jennings(June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002), It’s a well-known fact that he is an American singer, songwriter, and musician also he was well known as one of the founding pioneers of the Outlaw Movement in country music. When we hear the name Waylon Jennings we want to enjoy Waylon Jennings songs, Waylon Arnold Jennings was born to Lorene Beatrice and William Albert Jennings., on June 15, 1937, on J.W. Bittner farm near Littlefield, Texas. In the birth certificate of Jennings initially, it was Wayland(naming him after the Wayland Baptist University, Texas) but it became Waylon, cause his mother unaware of the university and misspell it, Waylon. anyhow later Jennings expressed, in his autobiography that he didn’t like the name Waylon but it’s been good to him and pretty well and peace with his name Waylon.
Moreover, When Jennings at age of eight the guitar was the first instrument that he learns to play by his mother. He used to practice tune “Thirty Pieces of Silver” with his relatives’ instruments till her mother bought him a guitar. Early influences to Jennings Floyd Tillman, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Carl Smith, and Elvis Presley.
At age twelve Jennings first performed on KVOW radio. Jennings first band was “The Texas Longhorns”. He had a target to become a musician so he left high school At age sixteen. Jennings worked on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, KLL radio stations as a performer and DJ. In 1958, Jennings gets hired for a recording session by Buddy Holly to play bass. In 1961, Then Waylon Jennings form a rockabilly band, “The Waylors”. Jennings recorded for few labels but not succeed, such as Trend Records and A&M Records. Neil Reshen negotiated significantly better touring and recording contracts for Jennings as his manager. Then Jennings gained creative and very good control from RCA Records. Jennings released “Lonesome”, “On’ry and Mean” and “Honky Tonk Heroes” albums with RCA Victor. and few more hit albums like “Dreaming My Dreams” and “Are You Ready for the Country”. Jennings was one of the pioneers of the Outlaw Movement in country music. In the 1970s Jennings together with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter recorded “Wanted! The Outlaws”, which is country music’s first platinum album. Waylon’s hit song “Luckenbach, Texas” is from the album “Ol’ Waylon” which released in 1977 by RCA Victor. The album “White Mansions” is a concept album featured by various artists including Waylon Jennings. The album about imagining the lives of American Southerners during the Civil War. Apart from the singing, Mr Waylon appeared in the Television series and movies.
such as Sesame Street, and a stint as the balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard, Show’s theme song performed and written by him and provided narration for the show too. In the early 1980s, Waylon fought with drug(Cocaine) addiction and he overcame it in 1984. Then Jennings joined “The Highwaymen”. he was not alone but with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Between 1985 to 1995, They released three albums. During that period in 1986, Jennings released his debut album for MCA Records, “Will the Wolf Survive”.
He toured less after 1997 to spend longer together with his family. Throughout his illustrious career, Jennings released quite 80 albums and charted over 16 singles. Below, The Boot takes a look at our picks for 10 of Jennings’ best tunes between 1999 and 2001, his appearances were limited by health problems. In 2001, he was inducted into the country and western Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of country and western.
Waylon Jennings Logo, The Flying W
Waylon Jennings famous symbol It’s more than a logo and it represents Waylon’s freedom in being an outlaw country musician, It is important to add that love, Long live the Flying W!
Waylon Jennings Wife, Waylon Jennings Children
Waylon Jennings married four times and he had six children.
In 1956 Waylon married Maxine Caroll Lawrence. They had four children,
Terry Vance, Julie Rae, Buddy Dean, and Deana.
In 1962, Jennings married Lynne Jones. They adopt a child, Terry Vance.
and Jennings and Lynne divorced in 1967.
In 1967, Waylon married Barbara Elizabeth Rood.
“This Time” is the song that he composed about his marriages and divorces.
In 1969, Waylon married Country singer Jessi Colter on October 26 in Phoenix, Arizona. From Colter’s previous marriage to Duane Eddy, Who is a guitarist, She had a daughter Jennifer.
In 1976, ‘Wanted!’ The Outlaws,’ featuring Jennings, Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser, became the primary Nashville album to sell 1,000,000 copies, but the couple’s greatest collaboration was their son, Shooter, born May 19, 1979. Jennings had several failed marriages before Colter, and once he found his soulmate, he stood by her through thick and thin and she or he by him.
Waylon Jennings son
Waylon and Colter had a son, Waylon Albright, known as Shooter Jennings.
In the 1980s, The Couple has nearly divorced due to Jennings drug and alcohol addiction.
There is nothing like the love of a good woman to help a man in any struggling moment. With his wife Jessi Colter at his side, Waylon Jennings overcame his addictions and led a loving, fulfilled life until his death in February. 13, 2002. Their close friend Country Singer Kris Kristofferson once stated their marriage as a “beautiful love affair.”
Waylon Jennings Death
Jennings health got bad due to excessive smoking and the use of drugs. he overcame the drug addiction and also the habit of six-pack a day smoking, but apart from that due to poor diet practise he suffered from Type II diabetes. he has gone through a heart bypass surgery in 1988. In 2000, he had to end most touring due to worsened diabetes. In the same year, he underwent surgery to improve blood circulation in his left leg.
In 2002, Waylon Jennings died in his sleep due to the complications of diabetes on 13th February at his home in Chandler, Arizona, Then he was 64 years of age. Waylon Jennings buried in the City of Mesa Cemetery, in Mesa.
Jessi Colter sang “Storms Never Last” at his memorial service on February 15.
The song is from the album “Good Hearted Woman” and it is written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Which is released in 1972. The single reached #3 in Billboard’s hot country singles in 1975. Then Jennings mixed the voice of Willie Nelson to the single and they recorded a duet for the album “Wanted: The Outlaws!”. Which was peaked #1 in Billboard’s hot country single and #25 in Billboard Hot 100. The Single won the award for “Single of the year” at the 1976 Country Music Association Awards.
“I’ve Always Been Crazy”
This single is from the album “I’ve Always Been Crazy” which released in 1978. The song became his sixth solo #1 hit on charts, SIngle written and recorded by Waylon Jennings. it was #1 for three weeks and remain thirteen weeks in the chart.
“Dukes of Hazzard theme songs”
The song written and recorded by Waylon Jennings for his album “Music Man” which released in 1980. and also the song played as the theme song of the CBS comedy-adventure television series The Dukes of Hazzard, The hit peaked #1 in the Billboard hot country singles chart in 1980. also #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Numbers of Waylon Jennings discography
Studio albums 45
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 28
Here are the Waylon Jennings greatest hits, Enjoy and let us know your favourite song below in the comment section,
1.“Rose in Paradise” From: ‘Hangin’ Tough’ Waylon Jennings
2.“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” Waylon Jennings
4.“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” Waylon Jennings
5.“I’ve Always Been Crazy”
6.“Theme From ‘Dukes of Hazzard’”
7.“Good Hearted Woman”
8.“I’m a Ramblin’ Man”
10.“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”
Waylon Jennings Song list
1959 “Jole Blon”
1961 “Another Blue Day”
1963 “My Baby Walks All Over Me”
1964 “Love Denied”
“Four Strong Winds”
“Sing the Girls a Song Bill”
1965 “I Don’t Believe You”
“That’s the Chance I’ll Have to Take”
“Stop the World (And Let Me Off)”
“Anita, You’re Dreaming”
1966 “Time to Bum Again”
“(That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me”
1967 “Mental Revenge”
“The Chokin’ Kind”
“Walk On Out of My Mind”
1968 “I Got You” (with Anita Carter)
“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”
“Another Blue Day”
1969 “Something’s Wrong in California”
“The Days of Sand and Shovels”
“MacArthur Park” (with The Kimberlys)
“Brown Eyed Handsome Man”
1970 “Singer of Sad Songs”
“Suspicious Minds” (with Jessi Colter)
“(Don’t Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa”
1971 “Mississippi Woman”
“Under Your Spell Again”
“Good Hearted Woman”
1972 “Sweet Dream Woman”
“Pretend I Never Happened”
1973 “You Can Have Her”
“We Had It All”
“You Ask Me To”
1974 “This Time”
“I’m a Ramblin’ Man”
1975 “Rainy Day Woman”
“Dreaming My Dreams with You”
“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”
“Good Hearted Woman” (re-recording with Willie Nelson)
1976 “Suspicious Minds” (with Jessi Colter; re-release)
“Can’t You See”
“Are You Ready for the Country”
1977 “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”
“The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You)”
1978 “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (with Willie Nelson)
“I’ve Always Been Crazy”
“Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand”
“Come with Me”
“I Ain’t Living Long Like This”
“Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)”
1981 “Storms Never Last” (with Jessi Colter)
“The Wild Side of Life/
It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (with Jessi Colter)
1982 “Just to Satisfy You” (with Willie Nelson)
“Women Do Know How to Carry On”
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (with Willie Nelson)
1983 “Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will)”
“Hold On, I’m Comin'” (with Jerry Reed)
“Take It to the Limit” (with Willie Nelson)
“The Conversation” (with Hank Williams, Jr.)
1984 “I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain’t Used Up)”
“Never Could Toe the Mark”
“Waltz Me to Heaven”
“Drinkin’ and Dreamin'”
“The Devil’s on the Loose”
1986 “Working Without a Net”
“Will the Wolf Survive”
“Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” (with Johnny Cash)
“What You’ll Do When I’m Gone”
“The Ballad of Forty Dollars” (with Johnny Cash)
1987 “Rose in Paradise”
“Rough and Rowdy Days”
1988 “If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now”
“How Much Is It Worth to Live in L.A.”
1989 “Which Way Do I Go (Now That I’m Gone)”
“You Put the Soul in the Song”
“Where Corn Don’t Grow”
“What Bothers Me Most”
1991 “The Eagle”
“If I Can Find a Clean Shirt” (with Willie Nelson)
“Tryin’ to Outrun the Wind” (with Willie Nelson)
1992 “Just Talkin'”
“Too Dumb for New York City”
1996 “Deep in the West” (with Jessi Colter)
1998 “I Know About Me, I Don’t Know About You”
2012 “Goin’ Down Rockin'”