Hear the life and music of Waylon Jennings at 11 am on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight on April 30th. The Country Classic Show begins at 9 am at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download our new 98.1 mobile app.

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Waylon Jennings spent a lot of time on the air waves -- mainly radio -- performing and as a DJ at several radio stations in Texas and Arizona. Jennings also appeared in films and television.  He composed and sang “The Dukes of Hazzard” theme song, providing narration for the show.

During the 1970s, he joined the outlaw country movement.  In the 1980s he joined the country super group known as "The Highwaymen,” joining forces with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1998, Jennings teamed up with Bobby Bare, Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis to form the “Old Dogs.”  They recorded a double album of songs.

Jennings had his demons -- addiction to amphetamines and cocaine but in the end, became clean.

Married four times, his final marriage was to Jessi Colter on October 26, 1969, she was formally married to Duane Eddy. Colter and Jennings had one son, Waylon Albright Jennings. After four marriages, Jennings became a father of six children.

February 13, 2002 beame a very sad day in country music, Waylon Jennings passed away from complications from diabetes. He was 64 years old.

 

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