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American Waylon JENNINGS

born Waylon Arnold JENNINGS

American country music singer, songwriter, and musician

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas, USA
Died: on February 13, 2002 in Chandler, Arizona, USA


Waylon Arnold Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas, the seat of Lamb County, the son of Lorene Beatrice (née Shipley) and William Albert Jennings. His original birth name was Wayland, meaning land by the highway, but it was changed after a Baptist preacher visited Jennings's parents and congratulated his mother for naming him after the Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. Lorene Jennings, who had been unaware of the college, changed the spelling to Waylon. Jennings later expressed in his autobiography, “I didn't like Waylon. It sounded corny and hillbilly, but it's been good to me, and I'm pretty well at peace with it right now.” When Jennings was 8, his mother taught him to play guitar with the tune "Thirty Pieces of Silver". Jennings used to practice with the guitars of his relatives, until his mother bought him a used Stella, and later ordered a Harmony Patrician. Jennings never learned to read music, but he practiced in pursuit of a career in music and to avoid a possible future picking cotton and other temporary jobs.

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