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Waylon Jennings (Littlefield (Texas), 1937 - June 15, Chandler (Arizona), February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer and guitarist. He is best known as the narrator in many people from the tv series The Dukes of Hazzard, of which he also wrote the title song and inzong.
Waylon Jennings taught himself how to play guitar at the age of eight and formed his first band two years later. He was an early school leaver and initially worked for a radio station as a dj. Jennings was hoping early in a career in the music industry. At the radio station, he befriended Buddy Holly, who later would be the producer of his first solo single. Jennings played bass In 1959 in Holly's band.
On 3 February 1959 escaped Jennings to death when a charter plane, carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, crashed near Mason City, Iowa. All occupants perished. Jennings had previously given his chair to the Richardson, had flu and rest because it had to take. In his autobiography (1996) revealed Jennings to feel guilty and responsible in relation to the crash. After Jennings had ceded his seat, had in fact Holly Jennings jokingly added: "I hope your ole bus freezes up!" which Jennings responded: "I hope your damn plane crashes!". This ruling pursued Jennings last for many years.
Jennings ' voice was heard as the Narrator (The Balladeer) in the popular television series The Dukes of Hazzard and in the forerunner of this series: moonrunners. Also the title song from The Dukes of Hazzard, "Good Ol' Boys", was performed by Jennings. That there is a dose of humor in processed, show those sentences of the text:
- I'm a good old boy
- You know my momma loves me
- But she don't understand
- They keep on showing my hands
- And not my face on TV.
This is a direct reference to the intro movie of each episode. One sees only the hands of a man who is to play the guitar: the hands of Jennings. This verse is, by the way, only to be told in the radio version of the song. In the tv version, he sings about Bo and Luke Duke, the protagonists from the series.
Waylon Jennings ' singing career has lasted more than 40 years (1959-2002). Starting from the mid 80 's of the last century he formed together with his good friendsJohnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson the country band The Highwaymen. Jennings trad getting on as a guitarist, but during the tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, where an abrupt end to came, he played the bass guitar. Waylon Jennings died on 13 February 2002 in his sleep due to diabetes, after one year before his left foot because of the same disease was dropped off.