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The Ramblin' Man - dead at 64

By imrdkl in Culture
Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 06:37:24 PM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

Waylon Jennings died today. How and why he died are not interesting to me. Check your favorite news site for more details.

Jennings was the original country outlaw. No matter how much you like Country music personally, if at all, his contribution to the history and culture of a uniquely American brand of music is undisputed.

[editor's note, by cp] imrdkl notes that samples of Jennings's work are available for download.

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.

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The Ramblin' Man - dead at 64 | 29 comments (13 topical, 16 editorial, 0 hidden)
How could you have forgotten... (4.66 / 6) (#8)
by yankeehack on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 11:05:11 AM EST

The Dukes of Hazzard? Jennings wrote the theme song and narrated the stories.

Thousands of reasons why we are fighting a just war.

Please (3.00 / 2) (#9)
by wiredog on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 11:11:38 AM EST

I've been trying to forget that for decades...

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
Two words and a garment... (none / 0) (#25)
by deefer on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 06:26:46 PM EST

Daisy Duke.

Cut off denim jean shorts.

Kill the baddies.
Get the girl.
And save the entire planet.

[ Parent ]

Daisy Duke (none / 0) (#27)
by gordonjcp on Fri Feb 15, 2002 at 12:06:22 PM EST

... who probably shaped (and I choose the word carefully) much of my pre-teenage years, and not a few of the years after it. Mmmmmm.
Pity I don't live in a climate where such clothes are in any way wearable (except for about 3 days in August).

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll bore you rigid with fishing stories for the rest of your life.

[ Parent ]
Regarding your sig (3.00 / 6) (#16)
by medham on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 12:28:42 PM EST

Do you think the NY-Times will put up portraits of the thousands of victims of the U.S. war?

Comments about soul-stealing and photography will be regarded as evidence of unfortunate immaturity.

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Dear moderator (3.66 / 3) (#18)
by medham on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 12:52:01 PM EST

Don't think that's a fair question? Not enough Jennings content?

If you discourage the tangential in a forum like this, understand that the political is the ultimate horizon of all cultural reality. Even Waylon's, the man called Hoss.

The real 'medham' has userid 6831.
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There's a reason for that... (5.00 / 1) (#26)
by deefer on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 06:41:42 PM EST

It's called the NYTimes.

No one will put up "put up portraits of the thousands of victims of the U.S. war ".

They'll tell their children that the great satan killed Daddy.

And the western world will wonder why there's a new generation willing to die for that...

Kill the baddies.
Get the girl.
And save the entire planet.

[ Parent ]

I agree... (3.33 / 3) (#10)
by m0rzo on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 11:34:28 AM EST

with what postemail said. Your disinterest in the whys and wherefores of Jennings's death seem a little disrespectful.

If you're expecting us to go and visit our "favourite news site" in order to find out what happened, then why, may I ask, did you bother posting? I'd already found out about this from my favourite news site (bbc) this morning.

My last sig was just plain offensive.

betteremail* [n.t] half asleep... (none / 0) (#11)
by m0rzo on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 11:47:00 AM EST

My last sig was just plain offensive.
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Nashville... (3.75 / 4) (#12)
by seebs on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 12:19:57 PM EST

I've never been clear on the whole Nashville thing (I'm afraid I'm not much of a country person), but I have a personal favorite country music ad. I found a copy at this page. It's Johnny Cash expressing his gratitude to Nashville. One of the excerpted news stories listed Waylon Jennings as one of the people who probably got a real belly laugh from the ad.

Knowing nothing else about the country music scene, I can tell you that I'd probably like it a lot more if Nashville weren't involved.

outlaw and nashville (4.00 / 1) (#29)
by skilletlicker on Fri Feb 15, 2002 at 12:51:57 PM EST

The Outlaw country movement, which Waylon led, was a reaction against the slick sound that Nashville was forcing on country music in the 70's - the same overproduced pop-country that people like Shania Twain are putting out today.

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I find it hard to believe... (none / 0) (#14)
by special ed on Thu Feb 14, 2002 at 12:22:02 PM EST

that he could be 66 and born in 1937.

He was 64.

Meanwhile, the world turns foolishly on and ants tickle his butt.
The passing of an era ... (5.00 / 1) (#28)
by pyramid termite on Fri Feb 15, 2002 at 12:49:11 PM EST

... when some country and western music actually had some soul and spunk to it. Not hearing his music on the radio anymore is one reason I stopped listening to country. Nashville took back over and now I can't stand the overly polished sound, calculatedly commercial sound and patronizing lyrics about double wides and pickup trucks and God help us, Bubba shooting the jukebox. It's worse than pop music, as at least pop music is forced to acknowledge innovation and novelty fairly often. Country music's idea of innovation is Shania Twain. Meanwhile Johnny Cash covers U2 songs convincingly and is totally forgotten by country radio. Hell, there are 70's records by Neil Young, the Byrds, etc. etc. that are more genuine country than today's crop of cardboard cowboys and cowgirls.

To quote the man himself, no, I don't think "Hank done it this way".

Thank God for alternative country.
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