Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and guitarist, born in Littlefield, Texas.
He taught himself to play guitar at age eight, and formed his first band two years later. He worked as a DJ throughout his teen years, dropping out of high school to pursue a career in music. During his time working as a DJ, he met and befriended Buddy Holly. When he was 21, Jennings was tapped by Holly to play bass in Holly's new band on a tour through the Midwest in early 1959. Holly also hired guitarist Tommy Allsup and drummer Carl "Goose" Bunch for the "Winter Dance Party" tour. 1
On the night of February 3, 1959 (The Day the Music Died) the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) crashed outside of Mason City, Iowa, killing all passengers. Jennings had given his seat to Richardson, who had the flu and desperately needed rest. In his 1996 autobiography, Jennin...
|Born|| June 15, 1937 |
|Died|| February 13, 2002 |
|Instruments|| Electric guitar |
|Occupation||Country music singer and songwriter|
|Years active||1959 in country music|
|Current members|| Country Music Hall of Fame |
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
Hollywood's Rock Wall
|Past members||The Highwaymen (country supergroup)|