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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings, along with Willie Nelson, was one of the founding fathers of the rougher, so-called outlaw country movement that championed honky-tonk country. At age 12, Jennings became one of the youngest disc jockeys in radio. At 22, he moved to Lubbock, where he continued to work as a DJ and then teamed up with Buddy Holly, who asked him to join his touring band on bass. He toured with Holly in 1959, and Holly produced Jennings’ first solo single, "Joki Blon."

In 1963 Jennings formed his own group, the Waylons, and played a brand of folk country. He was signed to RCA by Chet Atkins in 1966, began to play mainstream country. He had a hit with his version of "MacArthur Park" in 1969, which won Jennings his first Grammy. The 1976 album "Wanted: The Outlaws", featuring Waylon, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jennings’ wife, Jessi Colter, was the first country LP to be certified platinum. Jennings’ duets with Willie Nelson also produced the hits "Good Hearted Woman" and his second Grammy winner, "Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" in 1978. Both "Luckenbach, Texas" and "Good Hearted Woman" crossed over to #25 on the pop charts.

His "Greatest Hits" in 1979 sold over four million copies, and included the #1 country hit "Amanda." By the early Eighties, Jennings had to his credit five platinum LPs and four platinum and eight gold singles.

In 1986 Jennings joined Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson as the Highwaymen, who have over the years released several albums. Jennings had triple-bypass heart surgery in 1988. He moved to Epic Records in 1990; in 1991 his song "The Eagle" became an unofficial anthem for the troops of Operation Desert Storm.

Waylon Jennings was Born on June 15, 1937, in Littlefield, Texas.