Waylon Jennings

Country Singer

Birthday June 15, 1937

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Littlefield, TX

DEATH DATE Feb 13, 2002 (64)

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Prominent country singer and songwriter who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was posthumously given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nashville Songwriters' Festival in 2007.

Before Fame

He started his music career by performing on KVOW when he was 12 years old. He worked various odd jobs, including driving trucks, while growing up.


He narrated the original The Dukes of Hazzard. His name was originally Wayland, but his parents changed it to Waylon after it was brought to their attention that there was a school called Wayland Baptist University.

Family Life

After divorcing his first wife Barbara Rood, he married Maxine Lawrence in 1956, Lynne Jones in 1962, and finally Jessi Colter in 1969. He had six children, Shooter, Buddy, Deana, Tomi, Julie and Terry.

Associated With

He joined the group The Highwaymen with Johnny Cash.