Ep. 18 Waylon Jennings

 Born: June 15th, 1937

 Death: February 13th, 2002

 

Waylon Jennings started playing guitar at 8 years old and formed his first band by age 12. Eventually getting his start as a radio DJ, Waylon befriended music legend Buddy Holly during one of his broadcasts. Buddy asked Waylon to play bass on his infamous Winter Dance Party Tour, in which Waylon never boarded a flight that would eventually take Buddy Holly’s life. Waylon went on to be a lead figure and a catalyst of the ‘Outlaw Country’ movement in the early 70’s. Eventually, recording some of his biggests hits: “Mamma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”,” Luckenbach, Texas”, “I’m a Ramblin’ Man”, and “Ladies Love Outlaws.” In 1985 he formed the ‘Highwaymen’, a country artist super group consisting of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. The 'Highwaymen' recorded three studio albums including the song "Highwayman", which peaked #1. By the time of his death in 2002, Waylon Jennings was a country superstar and a musical legend. 

 
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