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June 15, 1937
Waylon Arnold Jennings was an influential American country music
singer and musician. A self-taught guitar player, he rose to prominence
as a bass player for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets.
He escaped death in the February 3, 1959 plane crash that took the lives
of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper"
Richardson when he gave up his seat to the latter.
By the 1970s, he had become associated with so-called
"outlaws," an informal group of musicians who worked outside
of the Nashville corporate scene. A series of duet albums with Willie
Nelson in the late 1970s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit,
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys". In 1979,
he recorded the theme song for the hit television show The Dukes of
Hazzard, and also served as the narrator ("The Balladeer")
for all seven seasons of the show.
Jennings suffered from worsening diabetes that had ended all but
abbreviated touring. On December 19, 2001, his left foot was amputated
in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital due to infection arising from his
diabetes. Then, on February 13, 2002, he died in his sleep of diabetic
complications in Chandler, Arizona. He was 64.
Where are they buried?
- El Toro Memorial Park, Lake Forest, California
- Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood,
- Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Arizona
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