Waylon Jennings

  • Birth Name: Wayland Arnold Jennings
  • Birth Place: Littlefield, Texas, United States
  • Died: February 13, 2002
  • Profession: Country musician, Songwriter
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  • 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.


  • 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


  • William Jennings — Father
  • Lynn Mitchell — Ex-wife
  • Buddy — Son
  • James Jennings — Brother
  • Tommy Jennings — Brother
  • Shooter Jennings — Son
  • Barbara Rood — Ex-wife
  • Deana — Daughter
  • Terry — Son
  • Maxine Carroll Lawrence — Ex-wife
  • Bo Jennings — Brother
  • Tomi Lynn — Daughter
  • Phillip Jennings — Brother
  • Jessi Colter — Wife
  • Jennifer Jennings — Stepdaughter
  • Lorene Beatrice Shipley Jennings — Mother
  • Julie — Daughter