Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Jennings
  • Birth Name: Wayland Arnold Jennings
  • Birth Place: Littlefield, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/15/1937, Gemini
  • Date of Death: 02/13/2002
  • Profession: Country musician; songwriter
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Waylon Jennings Fast Facts:
  • Was originally named Wayland, but his mother changed the spelling because a preacher assumed she named him after the local college. It was never changed on his birth certificate.
  • Started as a disc jockey when he was just 12 years old.
  • Gave up his seat on the airplane that would eventually crash and take the lives of the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in 1959. 
  • Was a member of the Highwaymen, a band that also consisted of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson; they were credited with bringing country back to its roots.
  • Sang the theme song for The Dukes of Hazzard and was the off-screen narrator for the show.
  • Struggled with a decades-long addiction to cocaine; claimed that he often spent more than $1500 a day to support the habit.
  • Earned his GED in 1989 at the age of 52.
  • Released a children's album, Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt, in 1993.
  • His son Shooter Jennings played him in the 2005 movie Walk the Line.
  • Waylon Jennings Relationships:
  • Lorene Beatrice Shipley Jennings - Mother
  • Julie - Daughter
  • William Jennings - Father
  • Lynn Mitchell - Ex-wife
  • Buddy - Son
  • Tomi Lynn - Daughter
  • Phillip Jennings - Brother
  • Shooter Jennings - Son
  • Barbara Rood - Ex-wife
  • Deana - Daughter
  • Terry - Son
  • Maxine Carroll Lawrence - Ex-wife
  • Bo Jennings - Brother
  • James Jennings - Brother
  • Tommy Jennings - Brother
  • Jessi Colter - Wife
  • Jennifer Jennings - Stepdaughter
  • Waylon Jennings Awards:
  • 1978 Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 1969 Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner

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