Texas-born country music legend Waylon Jennings began playing guitar at age eight and performing at 14-years-old on the radio. After bouncing between record labels and DJ jobs to make ends meet, Jennings found creative control of his music and success when he joined the Outlaw Country movement in the 1970s. He released critically acclaimed albums Lonesome, On’ry and Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes followed by hit albums Dreaming My Dreams and Are You Ready for the Country.
In 1976, he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, the first platinum country music album ever. In the 1980s, Jennings joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash, and the group released three albums between 1985 and 1995. On February 13, 2002, Jennings died from complications related to diabetes. Check out more Waylon Jennings facts next page!