Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings

Country music artist
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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɛnɪŋz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, of "Jole Blon" and "When Sin Stops (Love Begins)". Holly hired him to play bass. In Clear Lake, Iowa, Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson. The day of the flight was later known as The Day the Music Died. Jennings then worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors. He recorded for independent label Trend Records and A&M Records, before succeeding with RCA Victor after achieving creative control.

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Full name at birth
Waylon Arnold Jennings
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Claim to fame
Country, outlaw country, country rock, progressive country
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Date of birth
15 June 1937
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Place of birth
Littlefield, Texas, USA
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Date of death
13 February 2002
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Chandler, Arizona, USA
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Cause of death
Diabetes
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City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
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Singer-songwriter, musician
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6' ½" (184 cm)
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$7,000,000 USD
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