Waylon Jennings

Country Music Artist
Born Jun 15, 1937

Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at twelve 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' first recording session, of "Jolie Blon" and "When Sin Stops (Love Begins)". Holly hired him to play bass.… Read More

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1937 Birth Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937, on the G.W. Bitner farm, near Littlefield, Texas. … Read More


1956 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In addition to performing on air for KVOW, Jennings started to work as a DJ in 1956, and moved to Lubbock. … Read More


1958 21 Years Old Before the tour, Holly vacationed with his wife in Lubbock, and visited Jennings' radio station in December 1958. … Read More
Jennings and Holly soon left for New York City, arriving on January 15, 1959. … Read More
1961 24 Years Old In 1961, Jennings signed a recording contract with Trend Records, and experienced moderate success with his single, "Another Blue Day". … Read More
1962 25 Years Old Jennings married again on December 10, 1962 to Lynne Jones, adopting a child, Tomi Lynne. They divorced in 1967. … Read More
1963 26 Years Old On July 9, 1963, Jennings signed a contract with A&M that granted him 5% of record sales. … Read More
1964 27 Years Old He also played lead guitar for Patsy Montana on a 1964 album. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old Atkins formally signed Jennings to RCA Victor in 1965. … Read More
1966 29 Years Old In 1966, Jennings released his debut album for RCA Folk-Country, followed by Leavin' Town and Nashville Rebel. … Read More


In 1967, Jennings released a hit single, "Just to Satisfy You". … Read More
1969 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, his collaboration with The Kimberlys on the single "MacArthur Park" earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. … Read More
1972 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Jennings released Ladies Love Outlaws. … Read More
1973 - 1975 2 More Events
1976 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Jennings released Are You Ready for the Country, Jennings wanted the record to be produced by Los Angeles producer Ken Mansfield. … Read More


1978 41 Years Old Jennings released I've Always Been Crazy, also in 1978. … Read More
1979 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, he released Greatest Hits, which was certified gold the same year, and quintuple platinum in 2002.
1985 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Jennings joined with USA for Africa to record "We Are the World", but he left the studio because of a dispute over the song's lyrics that were to be sung in Swahili. … Read More
1986 49 Years Old The debut release with the label Will the Wolf Survive (1985) peaked at number one in Billboard's Country albums in 1986. … Read More


1993 56 Years Old In 1993, in collaboration with Rincom Children's Entertainment, Jennings recorded an album of children's songs, Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt, which included "Shooter's Theme", a tribute to his 14-year-old with the theme of "a friend of mine". … Read More


1997 - 1999 3 More Events
2000 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2000, Jennings recorded what became his final album at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, Never Say Die: Live. … Read More
2001 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In October 2001, Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. … Read More
However, they remained together until Jennings's death in 2002. … Read More
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