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Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight To Feature Waylon Jennings

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If you are a Waylon Jennings fan be sure to join me at 11 a.m. for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight on Father’s Day, June 15th.  We get started at 9 a.m. with the Country Classic Show. 

Waylon Jennings was a musical rebel best remembered for helping to popularize the more rock influenced genre known as outlaw country.  In Jennings’ early years he played in bands including Buddy Holly’s Crickets and worked as a DJ at several stations.

In 1965, Waylon moved to Nashville where he became roommates and lifelong friends with Johnny Cash.  That same year he had his first country hit, Stop The World and Let Me Off and then came Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line.  In 1973, Waylon released Honky Tonk Heroes, which displayed his new so-called outlaw country sound.

Waylon had his struggles and was known for his partying ways.  His drug use escalated into an expensive cocaine and amphetamine habit costing as much as $1500 a day.

In 1985, he teamed up with Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to form the Highway Men.  They hit the top of the charts with Highway Men, which was included on the album of the same name.

Waylong died February 13, 2002 at his home in Arizona. He had been married to Jessi Colter since 1969.  They had one child together, Shooter and he has five other children from his three previous marriages.

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