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Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on 15 June 1937, in Littlefield, Texas USA, to Lorene Beatrice and William Albert Jennings. He was a singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for popularizing a new style of music known as outlaw country. Jennings passed away in 2002.

So just how rich was Waylon Jennings? Sources state that Jennings had acquired a net worth of over $7 million, as of mid-2016, which was earned during his music career spanning more than 40 years.

Waylon Jennings Net Worth $7 Million

Jennings learned to play guitar at an early age, and began performing in local clubs. At the age of 12 he formed the band The Texas Longhorns, and two years later started working as a DJ at the radio station KVOW. In 1954 he dropped out of school and moved to Lubbock, taking a job as a DJ at the radio station KLLL. It was here that he met the singer Buddy Holly, who produced Jennings’ first single “Jole Blon”, released in 1958. Soon afterwards, Holly hired him to play bass in his band The Crickets. The following year Jennings gave up his seat on the infamous flight that crashed, killing Holly, singers The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot. The day of the flight later became known as the Day the Music Died.

During the ’60s Jennings moved to Phoenix, Arizona and formed a band named the Waylors, releasing several singles through Trend Records label. He then signed with A&M Records and moved to Los Angeles, California, recording only one album with the label, containing the hit singles “Four Strong Winds” and “Just To Satisfy You”. The singer later moved to Nashville and signed with RCA Victor, releasing the popular song “That’s the Chance I’ll Have to Take”. His net worth started to rise.

Several successful albums followed, among them the hit singles “The Chokin’ Kind”, “Stop the World (And Let Me Off)”, “Walk On Out of My Mind” and “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”, all adding to his wealth.

In 1969 Jennings won his first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “MacArthur Park,” which was recorded with the Kimberlys. Jennings’ 70s albums “Good Hearted Woman” and “Ladies Love Outlaws” marked his transition to Outlaw Country, a subgenre that was arising at the time. Upon moving to Austin, Texas, the singer released albums “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” and “Honky Tonk Heroes”, again under RCA Victor, but now under his own creative control. He went on to release several successful albums during the ’70s, among them the gold albums “Dreaming My Dreams” and “Are You Ready for the Country”, and the platinum “Wanted! The Outlaws”. His collaboration with Willie Nelson brought two hit singles, “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” the latter winning Jennings his second Grammy Award. His wealth boosted.

During this time, Jennings struggled with drug addiction. After deciding to quit it in 1984 he, Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson formed a group called The Highwaymen, releasing three albums by 1995. He went on with his solo career as well, signing with Music Corporation in America and releasing the album “Will the Wolf Survive” in 1985.

In 1990 Jennings signed with Epic Records and released his album “The Eagle”, however, from that point his career started to decline, but he still perform live at many events during the 90s. He later signed with Justice Records, releasing three albums in the following three years. In 1997 he formed Waylon & The Waymore Blues Band, which primarily consisted of former Waylors, and performed live with the group until 2001. In the meantime, Jennings released his final album, the 2000 “Never Say Die: Live”. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Aside from his music career, Jennings was also involved in the film and television industry. In 1979 he served as the narrator for the country comedy series “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and the song “Good Ol’ Boys” which he wrote for the show became one of the biggest hits of his career. In 1985 he made a cameo appearance in the children’s film “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird”.

In his private life, Jennings was married four times, firstly to Maxine Lawrence(1956-61), with whom he had four children. He then married Lynne Jones(1962-67) with whom he adopted a child. Jennings third marriage was with Barbara Rood(1968-69). His fourth wife was Jessi Colter(1969), with whom he had one child and with whom he remained until his death in 2002. Jennings had suffered from diabetes for years. In 2001 his health worsened, and his foot was amputated. He died of diabetic complications the following year.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 15, 1937
Birth place: Littlefield, Texas, United States
Death date: February 13, 2002, Chandler, Arizona, United States
Profession:Singer, songwriter, musician, actor
Nationality:American
Spouse:Maxine Lawrence (1955-1962), Lynne Jones (1962–1967), Barbara Elizabeth Rood (1967-1968), Jessi Colter (1969–2002 (1969–2002), his death)
Parents:Lorene Beatrice, William Albert Jennings
Awards:Grammy Awards, Country Music Association awards, Academy of Country Music awards, CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music (2003), Country Music Hall of Fame (2001), Hollywood's Rock Wall in Hollywood, California (2006), Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music (2007 (2007), posthummously awarded)
Record labels:RCA Victor, MCA, Epic, Trend Records, A&M Records, Justice Records
Music groups:The Texas Longhorns, The Crickets, Waylors, The Highwaymen, Waylon & The Waymore Blues
Movies:"The Dukes of Hazzard", "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird"
Albums:Waylon & Willie (1978), Wanted! The Outlaws (1976), Heroes (1986), White Mansions (1978), Greatest Hits (1979), Ol' Waylon (1977), "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean", "Honky Tonk Heroes"
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Smoked six packs of cigarettes a day until undergoing triple heart bypass surgery in December 1988.
2Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
3His former home in Brentwood, Tennessee, is named "Southern Comfort".
4Is portrayed by his son Shooter Jennings in Walk the Line (2005).
5He was usually regarded as the unifying, central force of "The Highwaymen", as he brought together Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, all of whom he had been friends with since the 1960s.
6He claimed that his guitarist Jimmy Byrd was the only other man who could perform his trademark "Chicken Picking" style of guitar playing and often called him "Abe Lincoln" due to his resemblance to former president Abraham Lincoln.
7Stevie Nicks wrote her 1981 hit "Leather & Lace" at Jennings' request, as a song for he and wife Jessi Colter. It was his intent that they would record the song at a future time. However, by the time Nicks finished penning the song, Waylon and Jessi had split. Nicks recorded it with Don Henley (of Eagles). The Nicks/Henley version was included on her 1981 LP "Bella Donna" and went to #6 on the US charts. Waylon and Jessi never made a studio recording of the song.
8Jokingly told his friend Buddy Holly that he hoped his plane crashed, after he gave up his own seat, but was said to be extremely remorseful of the light-hearted comment and for years felt somehow responsible for his friend's death.
9Worked as a disc jockey at a Lubbock, Texas radio station.
10Son (with Jessi Colter) Shooter Jennings (b. Waylon Albright Jennings, 1979) sings with the Los Angeles band Stargunn.
11He often refused to attend music awards shows on the grounds that performers should not compete against each other. Despite those sentiments, he won two Grammy Awards and four Country Music Association Awards. He did not attend his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
12When he was told by doctors to quit touring, he auctioned off much of his equipment. Less than a year later, though, he was back playing concerts.
13Survived by Jessi Colter, his fourth wife, and seven children.
14He sold more than 40 million albums and singles worldwide, including 16 #1 country hits.
15Won a Grammy Award for a version of "MacArthur Park" recorded with The Kimberleys.
16Named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1975.
17His other hit singles included "I'm a Ramblin' Man", "Amanda", "Lucille", "I've Always Been Crazy" and "Rose in Paradise".
18His "Greatest Hits" album in 1979 sold four million copies--a rare accomplishment in country music for that era.
19"I'd like to be remembered for my music-- not necessarily by what people see when they see us-- but what they feel when they talk about you," he said in 1984.
20In the mid-1980s, he joined with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson to form the quartet The Highwaymen, which recorded together and did concert tours.
21He made occasional forays into television movies, including Stagecoach (1986) and The Oklahoma City Dolls (1981), plus the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird (1985) and a low-budget country/western musical, Nashville Rebel (1966).
22Had have his left foot amputated due to diabetes in December 2001.
23High school dropout who got his General Educational Development (GED) in 1989.
24Ended a 20-year cocaine addiction in 1984. At times, he was spending $1500 a day on the drug.
25Was supposed to be on the flight that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The Big Bopper was sick and wanted to fly rather than ride the tour bus, so Jennings gave him his seat on the plane.
26He was married and divorced three times before marrying Jessi Colter.
27Was briefly a member of Buddy Holly's band as the bass player.


Quotes

#Quote
1[1984, in an interview in the CMA's "Close Up" magazine] I did more drugs than anybody you ever saw in your life.
2Some people have their music. My music has me.
3There's always one more way to do something - your way.
4[about his "outlaw" image] It was a good marketing tool. In a way, I am that way. You start messing with my music, I get mean. As long as you are honest and up front with me, I will be the same with you. But I still do things my way.
5[his last comment to friend Buddy Holly] Hope your darn ole plane crashes.


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaStagecoach (1986)· Raymond Katz (executive producer)
· Willie Nelson (executive producer/actor)
· Kris Kristofferson (actor)
· Johnny Cash (actor)
· Elizabeth Ashley (actress)


Filmography

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Splu Urtaf Show1993TV Series composer: theme music
The Dukes of HazzardTV Series title song by - 145 episodes, 1979 - 1985 composer - 37 episodes, 1979 - 1980
Mackintosh and T.J.1975musician: guitar / musician: vocals
Moonrunners1975musical director

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saddle Rash2002TV Movie voice
18 Wheels of Justice2000TV SeriesJohn Murdocca
Tom Sawyer2000VideoJudge Thatcher (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home1999Video GameThe Balladeer (voice)
The Angry Beavers1999TV SeriesBalladeer
The Long Kill1999TV MovieTobey Naylor
Maverick1994Man with Concealed Guns
Married with Children1994TV SeriesIronhead Haynes
Roger Miller: King of the Road1994VideoNarrator
Stagecoach1986TV MovieHatfield (Gambler)
The All American Cowboy1985TV Movie
Follow That Bird1985Truck Driver
The Dukes of Hazzard1979-1985TV SeriesThe Balladeer The Balladeer (voice) Himself
The Oklahoma City Dolls1981TV MovieWayne Doak
Moonrunners1975The Balladeer
Nashville Rebel1966Arlin Grove

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Halt and Catch Fire2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Country Called Home2015performer: "Rainy Day Woman" / writer: "Rainy Day Woman"
A Perfect Storm: 1979 Daytona 5002015Documentary performer: "Good Ol' Boys" / writer: "Good Ol' Boys"
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA2014TV Movie documentary performer: "Honky Tonk Heroes"
Mad Men2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Criminal MindsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
True Detective2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Following2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold in July2014writer: "My World"
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way", "I Ain't Living Long Like This" / performer: "Highwayman" - as The Highwaymen
JustifiedTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
GrimmTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
The Last Ride2012performer: "The Night Hank Williams Came to Town"
The Marty Stuart Show2010-2011TV Series writer - 4 episodes
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV Movie performer: "Good Hearted Woman" / writer: "Good Hearted Woman"
Thorne: Sleepyhead2010performer: "It's Not Supposed To Be That Way" written by nm0005268
ParenthoodTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Crazy Heart2009performer: "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" 1975 / writer: "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" 1975
Extract2009performer: "Rainy Day Woman" 1974 / writer: "Rainy Day Woman" 1974
Crook & ChaseTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Watchmen2009performer: "Clyde"
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes2007Video performer: "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line / Loving Her Was Easier Anything I'll Ever Do Again"
State of Mind2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning2007TV Movie writer: "Good Ol' Boys"
The Unforeseen2007Documentary writer: "Good Hearted Woman" - as W. Jennings
The Astronaut Farmer2006performer: "Luckenbach, Texas Back to the Basics of Love"
Scarface: The World Is Yours2006Video Game performer: "Let It Whip"
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006performer: "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" 1968
Southland Tales2006performer: "Me And Bobby McGee"
CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country2006Video Game "Good Ol Boys"
The Dukes of Hazzard2005performer: "Good Ol' Boys" / writer: "Good Ol' Boys"
The Wendell Baker Story2005performer: "I've Always Been Crazy", "Aint Living Long Like This" / writer: "I've Always Been Crazy"
Mono Lake2004Short performer: "Walk on Out of My Mind", "Stop the World and Let Me Off"
Brave New Girl2004TV Movie performer: "The Yellow Rose of Texas" - uncredited
Starsky & Hutch2004performer: "I'm A Ramblin' Man"
The Big Bounce2004performer: "Bob Wills Is Still The King" / writer: "Bob Wills Is Still The King"
The Wire2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
SmallvilleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Uncle Frank2002Documentary performer: "Good Hearted Woman" / writer: "Good Hearted Woman"
The Mexican2001writer: "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Species II1998writer: "Easy Chase"
Neil Diamond: Under a Tennessee Moon1996TV Special documentary performer: "One Good Love", "Kentucky Woman"
Maverick1994performer: "You Don't Mess Around With Me", "Amazing Grace" / writer: "You Don't Mess Around With Me"
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man1991performer: "Hardline"
White Palace1990writer: "Good Hearted Woman"
Texasville1990performer: "Luckenbach, Texas Back To The Basics Of Love" / writer: "Good Hearted Woman"
Betrayed1988performer: "The Devil's Right Hand"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hamburger Hill1987performer: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"
Uphill All the Way1986performer: "Never Thought I'd Ever Be an Outlaw"
Fool for Love1985performer: "Honky Tonk Heroes", "Black Rose"
UFOria1985writer: "I've Always Been Crazy", "Good Hearted Woman"
Webster1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
Follow That Bird1985performer: "Ain't No Road Too Long"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Raamit ränniin1985TV Movie performer: "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up To Be Cowboys", "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
The Dukes of Hazzard1984TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moscow on the Hudson1984performer: "PEOPLE UP IN TEXAS" / writer: "PEOPLE UP IN TEXAS"
Hells Angels Forever1983Documentary writer: "I Can Get Off on You"
China Lake1983Short "I've Always Been Crazy" / performer: "I've Always Been Crazy"
The Executioner's Song1982TV Movie performer: "Talk Good Boogie", "Get It On Again", "So Good Woman", "This Time" / writer: "Talk Good Boogie", "Get It On Again", "So Good Woman", "This Time"
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper1981performer: "Shine", "You Were Never There" / writer: "Shine"
They All Laughed1981performer: "OMAHA", "WE HAD IT ALL"
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Deer Hunter1978performer: "Good Hearted Woman" 1972 - uncredited / writer: "Good Hearted Woman" 1972 - uncredited
The Rockford Files1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mackintosh and T.J.1975writer: "Stay All Night"
Moonrunners1975performer: "Slow Rollin' Low"
Austin City Limits1975TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Ned Kelly1970performer: "Ned Kelly" - uncredited
The Johnny Cash ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1970 writer - 1 episode, 1970
The Road to Nashville1967performer: "Anita"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mackintosh and T.J.1975

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Uphill All the Way1986special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Mama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren Axton2015DocumentaryHimself
Family Guy1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Cash: Half Mile a Day2000Video documentaryHimself
Johnny Cash: The Anthology2000VideoHimself
The Final Day2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
E! Mysteries & Scandals1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Roger Miller Remembered1998TV SpecialHimself
Austin City Limits1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself
America's Music: The Roots of Country1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (1996)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Neil Diamond: Under a Tennessee Moon1996TV Special documentaryHimself - Special Guest
Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly1996TV SpecialHimself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute1995TV Special
Lost in Music1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
A Day in the Life of Country Music1993TV SpecialHimself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-01993TV Special documentaryHimself
Sesame Street1992TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning1992TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
Highwaymen Live!!!1990VideoHimself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHimself
Loretta Lynn: Honky Tonk Girl1990Himself
Hee Haw1969-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Cinemax Sessions1987-1988TV SeriesHimself
Tanner '881988TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Waylon Jennings: America1986Video shortHimself
Farm Aid '861986TV MovieHimself
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Academy of Country Music's 20th Anniversary Reunion1986TV SpecialHimself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - via satellite
The 6th Annual National Songwriter Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 12th Annual American Music Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1985TV SeriesHimself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHimself - Performer
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys1983TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
Waylon1980TV MovieHimself
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years1980TV SpecialHimself
The Unbroken Circle: A Tribute to Mother Maybelle Carter1979TV Special
13th Annual Country Music Association Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration1979Himself
The Cheryl Ladd Special1979TV MovieHimself
10th Annual Country Music Association Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
9th Annual Country Music Association Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Country Vocalist
The Midnight Special1975TV SeriesHimself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
Travelin' Light1971DocumentaryHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Road to Nashville1967Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (2002)
The Joy of Country2011TV MovieHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV MovieHimself
Crook & Chase2009TV SeriesHimself
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes2007VideoHimself
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Biography1995-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
American Revolutions: The Highwaymen2006TV Movie
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 40 Greatest Albums2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Country Superstars: Video Hits2004Video shortHimself
Country Legends2001VideoHimself - Performer

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