Waylon was born in Littlefield, Texas, in 1937. He grew up listening to the founders of country music, like Hank Williams, and Ernest Tubb. He formed his own band at age 12, and made a guest appearance on a local radio station, where he met Buddy Holly, and went on to become a Holly's protege.
Some say that, after Holly died, Waylon never quite recovered. It was he (Waylon) who gave up his seat on the the plane that would take Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens to their deaths. But professionally, Waylon's career was just starting out.
By the mid 1960's, Waylon was headlining at JD's in Phoenix, with a country repertoire that also borrowed from rock and rockabilly, later to become known as the "outlaw style". Together with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessie Colter, they created what was possibly the best country album ever made, in 1976, called "The Outlaws".
Waylon continued to struggle against the "Nashville System" which attempted to define what country music "ought to be" throughout his life. And his career expanded into films, and even commercials. (Waylon was a Pizza Hut spokesman for a time)
One would be hard pressed to find an artist who stuck by his guns, more strongly and resolutely than Waylon Jennings. His music will live on in the hearts of country fans, forever.