Texas Music

Five Waylon Jennings Albums You Should Own

"Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more.

Jennings would have been 76 this past Saturday, but instead passed away in February 2002. He was gruff but sensitive, a ladies' man and family man who lived as hard as he played and let absolutely no one (except maybe wife Jessi, once he settled down) tell him what to do. He certainly had no problem whatsoever telling his bosses at various labels exactly what they could do with their ideas about his music. Waylon went through a lot of record labels there for a while.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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