Jennings, Waylon [Wayland Arnold ]
- Liz Thomson
- , revised by Travis D. Stimeling
[Wayland Arnold ]
(b Littlefield, TX, June 15, 1937; d Chandler, AZ, Feb 13, 2002). American country singer-songwriter. Born into a family of itinerant farm laborers, he showed an early interest in music, learning to play guitar from his parents and becoming a fan of the cowboy actor Lash LaRue and the Grand Ole Opry. At the age of 12 he began entering talent contests in the Texas Panhandle, performing on radio and television broadcasts and in theaters in the region. After achieving regional success as a guitarist and singer, Jennings dropped out of high school in the tenth grade to pursue a career in music. From 1955 he worked as a disc jockey on several stations around Lubbock, where he befriended local rock musicians Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. In late 1958 Jennings became the bass guitarist in Holly’s band, the Crickets, but returned to Lubbock following Holly’s death in ...