Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings, in his journey to become a country superstar has had many crossover successes and struggles throughout his life. This iconic American singer is a musical rebel and known for his style of ‘outlaw’ and rock country music. Waylon Jennings life and singing career is briefly discussed here.

Initial career and early life

Born on 15 June, 1937 in Littlefield Texas, Waylon Jennings started an early career at the age of 12 when he played in a band and was also a disc jockey. In 1958, he made his first single with “Jole Blon”, produced by Buddy Holly, the rock star. After a mishap of plane crash which killed Holly and his other band members, Jennings worked as a DJ for some time. Moving to Phoenix in 1960, he formed a band known as Waylors. In 1963, he landed up with a contract from A&M Records and moved to Los Angeles. But having some conflicts over the freedom of his music, he just did one album with them.

Jennings as a country and crossover star

Moving to Nashville in 1965, Jennings became roommates with Johny Cash, the country’s music man. Jennings’ first country hit was in the same year with “Let Me Off” and “The World”. He made numerous successful hits by 1968 like “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”, “Walk on out of My Mind”. By 1969, he was awarded his first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance. In 1973, he released his album of Honky Tonk Heroes- his first outlaw style of music. Some of his chart toppers include “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” and “This Time”. He became a crossover star with his chart number ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’. And “Waylon and Willie”, recorded by Jennings and Willy Nelson was sold in millions of copies. He and Nelson received Grammy Award with the song, ““Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. His teaming up with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Johny Cash produced the successful album “Highwayman”.

Struggle Years and his later lifeHe

From the 1900s he had some ups and downs in his life and these were his struggle years. He was diagnosed by diabetes yet kept his music career alive. On 13 February, 2002, he died at his home in Arizona. He was a superstar and is always in the hearts of his fans through his immortal music.