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Waylon Wednesday!!


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Because we’re playing  W A Y L O N !  every hour.

Waylon Jennings was born on June 15, 1937, in Littlefield, Texas. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the outlaw country movement, which rebelled against the polished sound of Nashville in the 1970s.
Waylon began his musical career in the late 1950s, working as a DJ and playing bass for Buddy Holly. However, tragedy struck when he gave up his seat on the ill-fated plane that crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper). This incident had a profound impact on Jennings and influenced his rebellious and independent approach to music.
In the 1960s, Waylon signed with RCA Records and released a string of successful albums, including “Only the Greatest” and “Love of the Common People.” However, it was in the 1970s that he truly made his mark. With his distinctive baritone voice and gritty lyrics, Jennings became the voice of the outlaw country movement. He rejected the polished Nashville sound and embraced a raw, rock-influenced style that resonated with a new generation of country music fans.
Throughout his career, Waylon Jennings had a remarkable 16 number one songs on the Billboard country charts, including classics like “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love),” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (a duet with Willie Nelson), and “I’m a Ramblin’ Man.” His rebellious spirit and honest songwriting made him a beloved figure in the country music scene.
In terms of album sales, Jennings achieved great success. He sold over 20 million records worldwide, with several of his albums reaching gold and platinum status. Some of his most notable albums include “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Dreaming My Dreams,” and “Wanted! The Outlaws” (a collaboration with Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser), which became the first country music album to be certified platinum.
Waylon continued to release music and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, maintaining a loyal fan base until his death on February 13, 2002. His impact on country music is immeasurable, as he helped shape the genre into what it is today, inspiring countless artists with his rebellious spirit, distinctive voice, and honest songwriting.

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