Happy Birthday to Waylon Jennings!

June 15, 1937 / Feb. 13, 2002

Early in his career, Waylon played bass for Buddy Holly. On February 3rd of 1959 he gave up his seat to singer J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson on the plane that carried Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Richardson to their deaths, taking a bus instead.

Jennings recorded over 60 albums, and had sixteen Number 1 country singles.

Waylon won two Grammy awards and four Country Music Association Awards, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001.

In his later years, his health caused him problems, and doctors wanted to amputate his left foot due to problems with his diabetes, however he refused to allow, and this lead ultimately to his death. Jennings died on February 13th 2002.

The Highwaymen

Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, And Johnny Cash.

Waylon Jennings Memorial @ Find A Grave

The Grand Ole Opry on August 12, 1978.