Waylon Jennings has always been crazy. But he's always been crazy good, too.
The singer, songwriter, and actor was characterized by his recognizable voice, which was rough and powerful. There was an edge to his phrasing and texture that made his songs gritty. Paired with that, his "spanky-twang" picking, shaggy beard, and black leather, made him forever iconic.
In the 1970's Waylon became a member of the Outlaw movement, as well as released several critically albums. Most well-known were Lonesome, On'ry and Mean, and Honky Tonk Heroes. Unfortunately the artist developed a tragic drug addiction.
“Pills were the artificial energy on which Nashville ran around the clock.”
His habits got so extreme he contracted hepatitis, diabetes, and by the 1980's claimed to spend $1500 on cocaine. Fortunately he quit permanently in 1984.
On February 13, 2002, Waylon died in his sleep from diabetic complications. He rests in Mesa, AZ.
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