Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Wayland Arnold Jennings, 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, USA, d. 13 February 2002, Arizona, USA. Jennings’ mother wanted to name him Tommy but his father, William Alvin, insisted that the family tradition of ‘W.A.’ should be maintained. His father played guitar in Texas dancehalls and Jennings’ childhood hero was Ernest Tubb, with whom he later recorded. When only 12 years old, he started as a radio disc jockey and then, in Lubbock, befriended an aspiring Buddy Holly. In 1958, Holly produced his debut single ‘Jole Blon’ and they co-wrote ‘You’re The One’, a Holly demo that surfaced after his death. Jennings played bass on Holly’s last tour, relinquishing his seat for that fatal plane journey to the Big Bopper. Jennings named his son, Buddy, after Holly and he recalled their friendship in his 1976 song ‘Old Friend’. Much later (1996) he contributed a poignant version of ‘Learning The Game’ with...

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