Without a doubt, Waylon Jennings is one of the most memorable figures in country music history. After all, he was the very first artist who rejected the Nashville standards and refused to record with the industry’s throngs of studio musicians. As a result, Waylon Jennings songs never resembled string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were so popular in Nashville during the ’60s and ’70s.
This inspired many artists – including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson – who followed Jennings’ anti-Nashville stance that ultimately became an outlaw movement.
So, to celebrate the country legend’s musical success, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting facts about him that you might not know yet. Keep on reading on the next page.