Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1937-06-15
Deathday: 2002-02-13 (64 years old)

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Biography

Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, as well as an actor. He pioneered the Outlaw Movement in country music.

Jennings started playing guitar at the age of eight and performed at age 14 on KVOW radio, after which he formed his first band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings left high school at age 16, determined to become a musician, and worked as a performer and DJ on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, KLLL, in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and hired him to play bass. Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight in 1959 that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens.

Jennings then formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors, which became the house band at "JD's", a club in Scottsdale, Arizona. He recorded for independent label Trend Records and A&M Records, but did not achieve success until moving to RCA Victor, when he acquired Neil Reshen as his manager, who negotiated significantly better touring and recording contracts. After he gained creative control from RCA Records, he released the critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On'ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes, followed by the hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country.

During the 1970s, Jennings drove outlaw country. With Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter he recorded country music's first platinum album, Wanted! The Outlaws. It was followed by Ol' Waylon and the hit song "Luckenbach, Texas". He was featured on the 1978 album White Mansions, performed by various artists documenting the lives of Confederates during the Civil War. He appeared in films and television series, including Sesame Street, and a stint as the balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard, composing and singing the show's theme song and providing narration for the show. By the early 1980s, Jennings struggled with cocaine addiction, which he overcame in 1984. Later, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash, which released three albums between 1985 and 1995. During that period, Jennings released the successful album Will the Wolf Survive.

Jennings toured less after 1997 to spend more time with his family. Between 1999 and 2001, his appearances were limited by health problems. In 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music.

Filmography

All 45

Movies 34

Self 24

TV Shows 11

Voice 2

Self (archive footage)
This Is Pop

This Is Pop (2021)

TV Show
Self
The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End

The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End (2016)

Movie
Self
The Highwaymen - Live American Outlaws

The Highwaymen - Live American Outlaws (2016)

Movie
Waylon Jennings: Live from Austin, TX '84

Waylon Jennings: Live from Austin, TX '84 (2008)

Movie
Self
Johnny Cash - Live On Air

Johnny Cash - Live On Air (2008)

Movie
Himself
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes

Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes (2007)

Movie
Self
Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film

Never Say Die: The Final Concert Film (2007)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
American Revolutions: The Highwaymen

American Revolutions: The Highwaymen (2006)

Movie
Compositeur, Guitare, Artiste principal, Voix
Outlaw Country: Live from Austin, TX

Outlaw Country: Live from Austin, TX (2006)

Movie
Waylon Jennings: Live from Austin, TX

Waylon Jennings: Live from Austin, TX (2006)

Movie
Himself
The Highwaymen: On the Road Again

The Highwaymen: On the Road Again (2003)

Movie
This Land Is Your Land - Folk Years

This Land Is Your Land - Folk Years (2002)

Movie
Saddle Rash

Saddle Rash (2002)

TV Show
(voice)
Saddle Rash

Saddle Rash (2002)

Movie
Judge Thatcher (voice)
Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer (2000)

Movie
7
18 Wheels of Justice

18 Wheels of Justice (2000)

TV Show
Himself
Behind The Music: The Day The Music Died

Behind The Music: The Day The Music Died (1999)

Movie
Self (voice)
Family Guy

Family Guy (1999)

TV Show
6.14
Tobey Naylor
Outlaw Justice

Outlaw Justice (1999)

Movie
The Angry Beavers

The Angry Beavers (1997)

TV Show
6.5
Self
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)

TV Show
3.93
Man with Concealed Guns
Maverick

Maverick (1994)

Movie
6.67
Self
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O

Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O (1993)

Movie
Self
The Highwaymen - Live at Nassau Coliseum

The Highwaymen - Live at Nassau Coliseum (1990)

Movie
Himself
Waylon: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend.

Waylon: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. (1990)

Movie
Self
George Jones: Same Ole Me

George Jones: Same Ole Me (1989)

Movie
Himself
Tanner '88

Tanner '88 (1988)

TV Show
Hatfield - Gambler
Stagecoach

Stagecoach (1986)

Movie
Truck Driver
Sesame Street: Follow That Bird

Sesame Street: Follow That Bird (1985)

Movie
9
We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song

We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song (1985)

Movie
Self - Host
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1984)

Movie
Himself
Waylon Jennings Live at the US Festival

Waylon Jennings Live at the US Festival (1983)

Movie
George Jones: With a Little Help from His Friends

George Jones: With a Little Help from His Friends (1981)

Movie
Wayne Doak
The Oklahoma City Dolls

The Oklahoma City Dolls (1981)

Movie
Self
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration (1979)

Movie
Self
The Cheryl Ladd Special

The Cheryl Ladd Special (1979)

Movie
The Balladeer / Self / The Balladeer (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard (1979)

TV Show
6
Himself (vocals, guitar)
Waylon Jennings - The Lost Outlaw Performance

Waylon Jennings - The Lost Outlaw Performance (1978)

Movie
Composer
Mackintosh and T.J.

Mackintosh and T.J. (1975)

Movie
Balladeer
Moonrunners

Moonrunners (1975)

Movie
Self
Rock Concert

Rock Concert (1973)

TV Show
Self
The Johnny Cash Show

The Johnny Cash Show (1969)

TV Show
Self
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969)

TV Show
The Road to Nashville

The Road to Nashville (1966)

Movie
Arlin Grove
Nashville Rebel

Nashville Rebel (1966)

Movie

Ratings

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1981
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1988
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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1937-06-15

Deathday
2002-02-13 (64 years old)

Birth name
Waylon Arnold Jennings

Place of birth
Littlefield, United States of America

Height
184-centimetre, 184-centimeter

Relationships
Jessi Colter (1969-10-26 - 2002-02-13)

Children
Shooter Jennings

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
The Highwaymen, Waylon Arnold Jennings

Awards
lifetime achievement award, Horatio Alger Award, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


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