Waylon Jennings

Country music artist Waylon Jennings

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.
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15 June 1937
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Stagecoach 2017: Maren Morris looking ahead to her next album, 'I don't want to make "Hero 2"'
LATimes - 10 months
It’s no surprise to discover that Maren Morris, who grew up in Arlington, Texas, smack dab between Dallas and Fort Worth, took to music with an approach shaped to a large degree by the outsider attitude of Texas mavericks such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark and Radney Foster. “They...
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Are you ready to meet your “Fixer Uppers?”  Though viewers may feel like they know Chip and Joanna Gaines (and their adorable family) through their hit HGTV show, “Fixer Upper,” the unofficial mayors of Waco, Texas, are spilling even more of their secrets.  The two recently penned their first book, The Magnolia Story, which delves into Chip and Joanna’s childhood, their many business ventures, along with cute stories about their faith and their four kiddos. The Huffington Post chatted with the Gaines earlier this week during a tour stop for their new book. Here are five things you may not know about Chip and Jo:  1. The process of writing a book didn’t come easy for them.  Chip: The hardest part for me was the spelling [both laugh]. That took me a while, and then grammar was a close second right after that. But other than those two, very difficult things, I think just putting it all together. Jo and I were recalling things from 10 to 15 years ago, so she would have on...
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How Chuck Berry Became the Greatest Rock n Roll Artist of a Generation - Daily Beast
Google News - over 1 year
Daily Beast How Chuck Berry Became the Greatest Rock n Roll Artist of a Generation Daily Beast The most influential rock 'n' roll artist of a generation will release his first new album in decades next year. On his 90th birthday, we look back at what makes him an icon. Stereo Williams. 10.18.16 9:31 AM ET. Chuck Berry is the greatest rock 'n ... Flashback: See Waylon Jennings' Swaggering Chuck Berry CoverRollingStone.com Chuck Berry, father of rock 'n' roll, announces first album in 38 years on 90th birthdayWashington Post Chuck Berry at Ninety: Full Speed AheadThe New Yorker Stereogum -PEOPLE.com -The Guardian -NPR all 145 news articles »
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A Cowboy Poet Gets Real at Sideman Jamboree
Huffington Post - over 1 year
His name was Lon and his hands were trembling as he looked down at the words written on the crinkled piece of faded yellow college ruled notebook paper that he was tightly gripping. "I've never read this poem in public," he quietly said, his voice shaking. Lon Hall is a cowboy poet from Montana. He's a real cowboy, and a real poet. A few months ago we were standing in front of the main stage in a barn built in the middle of the Arizona desert at a very secluded RV park located on a tiny road named Music Road. It was a couple hours before show time at the 32nd annual Sideman Jamboree music festival. Our conversation was pretty surreal, given my dog Yoda and I first stumbled on this remote RV park five years ago, in February, 2011, during my five month road trip around the United States in search of shama, which is Sanskrit for inner-peace. I was a weary road-tripper back then, and was surprised to encounter a group of octogenarian musicians at this desert oasis who had ...
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As the First David Bowie Tributes Roll In, Here's To 10 Other Artists Whose Deaths Inspired Music
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In an age where the whole world is a vidcam, it took only hours for the first breathtaking David Bowie musical tribute to go viral. Chris Nickol, organist at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, marked his sadness over the passing of the much-loved Bowie by sitting down at the organ and playing the artist's "Life On Mars." Soon it was echoing far beyond Scotland, and it goes like this: With Bowie as with most artists whose unexpected deaths leave us somewhere between shocked and numb, the first musical responses have tended to be renditions of his own music. But tribute songs are already beginning to surface. A Bowie fan band in Ohio, Modern Electric, is performing one this weekend, and Youtube is starting accumulate a few originals. That's a popular music tradition of its own, and a heartening one. Music is the language musicians speak, and song feels like the natural medium for a singer's sendoff. So even as we anticipate more songs about David B...
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Big River -- What Novelists Can Learn From Songwriters
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Johnny Cash was a brilliant musician, singer, performer and masterful songwriter. Johnny Cash condensed high concept ideas into short, resonating stories -- ripping people's hearts in four or five stanzas -- that stayed in millions of ears and memories. Big River was his best-told story. And he played it when inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A writer friend recently ranted about working with a Grammar Nazi. Wait. How the hell does that relate to the man in black? And why are these opening paragraphs so disjointed? Stick with me. "Jesus Christ! My editor's gagging my friggin' voice." Frustration in her email zinged through me. "Know it." I keyed back. "Who says we can't start a sentence with 'And'?" She pounded. "We're crime-thriller writers, for God's sakes. Not tryin' for a Pulitzer Prize in English Lit." I nodded. "Remember what King says -- 'Grammar don't wear no coat 'n tie." (Stephen King's advice in On Writing). 'Yep. Holding m'ground." She breath...
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Dierks Bentley Talks New Album 'Riser' And Being An Undercover Celebrity
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Dierks Bentley has been a prominent face of country music for more than 10 years now, with many of his songs reaching No. 1 on the country radio charts. The 38-year-old singer from Arizona moved to Nashville, Tenn., at 19 years old to pursue a career in country music and never looked back. He's set to release his seventh studio album "RISER" on Feb. 25, which was written and recorded between the death of his dad, Leon Fife Bentley, in June 2012 and the birth of his first son, Knox, in Oct. 2013. The record reflects the ups and downs that we all encounter when life throws us curveballs. "The last few years have been pretty crazy as far as life goes," Bentley said while promoting "RISER." "At the start of this process, my dad passed away and by the end of making the record my son Knox was born, so it was kind of a circle of life thing happening." Bentley, who also has two daughters, Evelyn, 5, and Jordan, 3, with wife Cassidy Black, chatted with HuffPost Entertainment about his c...
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Tonight in Music: Crooks on Tape, the Abigails
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
CROOKS ON TAPE, XDS (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Crooks on Tape. THE ABIGAILS, THE LONESOME BILLIES, JENNY DON'T AND THE SPURS (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Tons of young shitkickers set their sights on the outlaw-country sound of the '70s­—that raw, funky take on down-home tunes popularized by folks like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings—but few have come as close to the core spirit as the Abigails. The LA-based outfit's approach is a little more ramshackle and occasionally out of tune, something that their influences wouldn't have allowed (in the studio, at least). But there's something about the way Warren Thomas & Co. sing about the blurry lines between the whiskey- and weed-fueled good times and bad times that make the Abigails feel like the natural heirs to the country-rock throne. ROBERT HAM [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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My Conversation with an American Treasure: Ray Benson
Huffington Post - about 4 years
We were hippies... we were against Vietnam... we had long hair. We were counterculture in this redneck "aura." In the 1960s there was a Renaissance of older blues artists, with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and so many others. They brought their music back to my generation. I likened what I did in the 1970s with Asleep at the Wheel to those great blues masters. Back then I thought, "Hey, let's go find old Western Swing, and 'honky-tonk' -- which was, at the time, relegated to a particular region -- and resurrect this brilliant music for our generation as well. The point was, with the war and everything, young people my age hated their parents' music. However when you take away the 'sociological impact' -- it's great music! Hell, Merle Haggard is amazing! Even if 'Okie from Muskogee' poked us in the side! Over 20 acclaimed albums, countless concerts around the globe, nine Grammys, production credits that include Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson, Dale Watson, Suzy Bogguss, Vinc...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
Music previews for the week of January 15-21. WEDNESDAY 1/15 PATTERSON HOOD, FERNANDO VICICONTE (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Since co-founding Drive-By Truckers more than 15 years ago, Patterson Hood has cranked out hundreds of songs and logged countless miles across the country. Hell, this will be his second of three solo performances at the Doug Fir this month alone. It seems Hood has taken a liking to our city, perhaps bolstered by the fact that he's struck up a kinship with local author/Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin. In fact, the Truckers' new single "Pauline Hawkins" (which will appear on the band's forthcoming record English Oceans, due out in March) is named after a character in Vlautin's new book The Free, which comes out February 4. There's a good chance you'll hear that one, along with other classic Truckers beer-swillers, and choice material from Hood's equally raucous and introspective solo joints. There will ...
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Texas Monthly: For Old 97’s, a Collaboration That Never Ages
NYTimes - over 4 years
In 1996, the Texas band recorded with Waylon Jennings, one of their musical heroes. The band members recall the session, which yielded two songs being released for the first time.     
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George Jones' 'Amazing Grace' Album Is An Impressive Posthumous Release
Huffington Post - over 4 years
George Jones, "Amazing Grace" (Bandit/Welk) The first release of George Jones music following his death in April features the legendary singer on a collection of traditional hymns. Largely recorded in 2002, "Amazing Grace" finds Jones in full voice and backed by the subtle orchestrations of producer Billy Sherrill, who recorded many of Jones' classic hits in the 1970s and `80s. Across 12 recordings, Jones performs classics such as "Peace In The Valley," "The Old Rugged Cross" and the title song with solemn reverence, using subtle shifts in volume and phrasing to draw deep emotions from these often-performed standards. Each song features moments that prove why Jones was an unparalleled vocalist. Sherrill also shows why he was such a great studio match for Jones. Whether it's the quiet piano-and-bass opening of "In The Garden," or how the harmony voices and steel guitar play off Jones in "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," Sherrill's arrangements add depth to the singer's distinctive inte...
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Willie Nelson: A Highly Irreverent Deconstruction Of The Music Legend
Huffington Post - over 4 years
photo: willienelson.com WARNING: This article contains mood swings, deep, sometimes haunting personal confessions and occasional marijuana usage. On the flipside: No animals were harmed during the creation of this story. Willie Nelson is a bona fide music legend, yes. And that's a very good thing. Willie Nelson also happens to be in the midst of one whopper of a cross-country tour, which should keep his legions of fans jazzed--he hits New York state this month and last month he wowed audiences in Santa Cruz, California. (Let's face it: if there's anybody Cruzans love to embrace with arms wide open, it's a creative beast with liberal leanings who advocates the legalization of marijuana.) Let's get the no-brainer out of the way: The pop country patriarch has led a colorful existence. Nelson's six-decade career and collection of more than 200 albums to his credit are but two of the things that make the Texas singer-songwriter iconic. He also happens to be a resilient performer--th...
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Jack Clement, Producer and Country Songwriter, Dies at 82 - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 4 years
Philly.com Jack Clement, Producer and Country Songwriter, Dies at 82 New York Times (blog) Jack Clement, whose career as a producer, engineer, songwriter and arranger began in the early days of rock 'n' roll and included work with country stars like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Charley Pride as well as noncountry artists like U2, died on ... Country Music Legend 'Cowboy' Jack Clement Dies at 82Hollywood Reporter 'Cowboy' Jack Clement, Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies Aged 82Billboard Nashville Legend Cowboy Jack Clement Dead at 82RollingStone.com The Star-Ledger - NJ.com -Contactmusic.com -KVVU Las Vegas all 51 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Waylon Jennings
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 64
    The same year, it was announced for September the release of Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings, a set of 12 songs recorded by Jennings and bassist Robby Turner before his death in 2002.
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    On February 13, 2002, Jennings died in his sleep of diabetic complications in Chandler, Arizona.
    However, they remained together until Jennings's death in 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 63
    In December 2001, his left foot was amputated at a hospital in Phoenix.
    In October 2001, Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • 2000
    Age 62
    By 2000, his diabetes worsened, and the pain reduced his mobility, forcing Jennings to end most touring.
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    In January 2000, Jennings recorded what became his final album at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, Never Say Die: Live.
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  • 1999
    Age 61
    In mid-1999, Jennings assembled what he referred to as his "hand-picked dream team" and formed Waylon & The Waymore Blues Band.
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  • 1998
    Age 60
    In 1998, Jennings teamed up with Bare, Jerry Reed, and Mel Tillis to form the Old Dogs.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 59
    In 1997, after the Lollapalooza tour, he decreased his tour schedule and became centered on his family.
  • 1993
    Age 55
    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".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 48
    The debut release with the label Will the Wolf Survive (1985) peaked at number one in Billboard's Country albums in 1986.
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  • 1985
    Age 47
    Also in 1985, he made a cameo appearance in the live-action children's film Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.
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    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 41
    Also in 1979, Jennings joined the cast of the CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard as the Balladeer, the narrator.
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    In 1979, he released Greatest Hits, which was certified gold the same year, and quintuple platinum in 2002.
  • 1978
    Age 40
    Jennings released I've Always Been Crazy, also in 1978.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 38
    In 1976, Jennings released the album Wanted!
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    In 1976, Jennings released Are You Ready for the Country, Jennings wanted the record to be produced by Los Angeles producer Ken Mansfield.
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  • 1975
    Age 37
    Dreaming My Dreams, released in 1975, included the no. 1 single "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" and was his first album to be certified gold by the RIAA; it was also the first of his next six consecutive, solo studio albums to be certified gold or higher.
  • 1973
    Age 35
    In 1973, Jennings released Lonesome, On'ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, the first albums recorded and released under his creative control.
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  • 1972
    Age 34
    By 1972, after the release of Ladies Love Outlaws, his recording contract was nearing an end.
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    In 1972, Jennings released Ladies Love Outlaws.
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  • 1969
    Age 31
    He married for the fourth and final time in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 26, 1969 to Jessi Colter.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 29
    Jennings's singles enjoyed success. "The Chokin' Kind" peaked at number eight on Billboard's Hot Country Singles in 1967, while "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" hit number two the following year.
    Jennings produced midchart albums that sold well, including Just to Satisfy You, that included the same-named hit single of 1967.
    In 1967, Jennings released a hit single, "Just to Satisfy You".
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  • 1966
    Age 28
    In 1966, Jennings released his debut album for RCA Folk-Country, followed by Leavin' Town and Nashville Rebel.
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  • 1965
    Age 27
    Atkins formally signed Jennings to RCA Victor in 1965.
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  • 1964
    Age 26
    He also played lead guitar for Patsy Montana on a 1964 album.
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  • 1963
    Age 25
    On July 9, 1963, Jennings signed a contract with A&M that granted him 5% of record sales.
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  • 1962
    Age 24
    Jennings married again on December 10, 1962 to Lynne Jones, adopting a child, Tomi Lynne. They divorced in 1967.
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  • 1961
    Age 23
    In 1961, Jennings signed a recording contract with Trend Records, and experienced moderate success with his single, "Another Blue Day".
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  • 1959
    Age 21
    He recreates the concert performers on February 2, 1959, in order at the Surf Ballroom, starting with Eddie Cochran, then Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and, finally, Buddy Holly.
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    When Holly learned that his band mates had given up their seats on the plane and had chosen to take the bus rather than fly, a friendly banter between Holly and Jennings ensued, and it would come back to haunt Jennings for decades to follow: Holly jokingly told Jennings, "Well, I hope your ol' bus freezes up!" Jennings jokingly replied, "Well, I hope your ol' plane crashes!" Less than an hour and a half later, shortly after 1:00 AM on February 3, 1959 (later known as The Day the Music Died), Holly's charter plane crashed at full throttle into a cornfield outside Mason City, Iowa, instantly killing all on board.
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    Jennings and Holly soon left for New York City, arriving on January 15, 1959.
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  • 1958
    Age 20
    Before the tour, Holly vacationed with his wife in Lubbock, and visited Jennings' radio station in December 1958.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 18
    Jennings was married four times, and had six children. He was first married to Maxine Caroll Lawrence in 1956 at age 18, with whom he had four children: Terry Vance Jennings (born January 21, 1957), Julie Rae Jennings (born August 12, 1958), Buddy Dean Jennings (born March 21, 1960), and Deana Jennings.
    In addition to performing on air for KVOW, Jennings started to work as a DJ in 1956, and moved to Lubbock.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937, on the G.W. Bitner farm, near Littlefield, Texas.
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