Waylon Jennings Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Waylon Jennings is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from American. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Lorene Beatrice, William Albert Jennings and Tommy Jennings, James Jennings, Good Hearted Woman, Luckenbach, Texas, Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended unknown and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 1.84 m in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Waylon Jennings has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Waylon Jennings has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $7 Million.

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Jennings learned to play guitar at an early age, and began performing in local clubs. At the age of 12 he formed the band The Texas Longhorns, and two years later started working as a DJ at the radio station KVOW. In 1954 he dropped out of school and moved to Lubbock, taking a job as a DJ at the radio station KLLL. It was here that he met the singer Buddy Holly, who produced Jennings’ first single “Jole Blon”, released in 1958. Soon afterwards, Holly hired him to play bass in his band The Crickets. The following year Jennings gave up his seat on the infamous flight that crashed, killing Holly, singers The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, and the pilot. The day of the flight later became known as the Day the Music Died.

During the ’60s Jennings moved to Phoenix, Arizona and formed a band named the Waylors, releasing several singles through Trend Records label. He then signed with A&M Records and moved to Los Angeles, California, recording only one album with the label, containing the hit singles “Four Strong Winds” and “Just To Satisfy You”. The singer later moved to Nashville and signed with RCA Victor, releasing the popular song “That’s the Chance I’ll Have to Take”. His net worth started to rise.

Several successful albums followed, among them the hit singles “The Chokin’ Kind”, “Stop the World (And Let Me Off)”, “Walk On Out of My Mind” and “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”, all adding to his wealth.

In 1969 Jennings won his first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “MacArthur Park,” which was recorded with the Kimberlys. Jennings’ 70s albums “Good Hearted Woman” and “Ladies Love Outlaws” marked his transition to Outlaw Country, a subgenre that was arising at the time. Upon moving to Austin, Texas, the singer released albums “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” and “Honky Tonk Heroes”, again under RCA Victor, but now under his own creative control. He went on to release several successful albums during the ’70s, among them the gold albums “Dreaming My Dreams” and “Are You Ready for the Country”, and the platinum “Wanted! The Outlaws”. His collaboration with Willie Nelson brought two hit singles, “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” the latter winning Jennings his second Grammy Award. His wealth boosted.

During this time, Jennings struggled with drug addiction. After deciding to quit it in 1984 he, Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson formed a group called The Highwaymen, releasing three albums by 1995. He went on with his solo career as well, signing with Music Corporation in America and releasing the album “Will the Wolf Survive” in 1985.

In 1990 Jennings signed with Epic Records and released his album “The Eagle”, however, from that point his career started to decline, but he still perform live at many events during the 90s. He later signed with Justice Records, releasing three albums in the following three years. In 1997 he formed Waylon & The Waymore Blues Band, which primarily consisted of former Waylors, and performed live with the group until 2001. In the meantime, Jennings released his final album, the 2000 “Never Say Die: Live”. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Aside from his music career, Jennings was also involved in the film and television industry. In 1979 he served as the narrator for the country comedy series “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and the song “Good Ol’ Boys” which he wrote for the show became one of the biggest hits of his career. In 1985 he made a cameo appearance in the children’s film “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird”.

In his private life, Jennings was married four times, firstly to Maxine Lawrence(1956-61), with whom he had four children. He then married Lynne Jones(1962-67) with whom he adopted a child. Jennings third marriage was with Barbara Rood(1968-69). His fourth wife was Jessi Colter(1969), with whom he had one child and with whom he remained until his death in 2002. Jennings had suffered from diabetes for years. In 2001 his health worsened, and his foot was amputated. He died of diabetic complications the following year.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Waylon Jennings
  • Net Worth: $7 Million
  • Date Of Birth: June 15, 1937
  • Died: February 13, 2002, Chandler, Arizona, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Littlefield, Texas, United States
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Profession: Singer, songwriter, musician, actor
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Maxine Lawrence (1955-1962), Lynne Jones(1962–1967), Barbara Elizabeth Rood (1967-1968), Jessi Colter (1969–2002, his death)
  • Children: Shooter Jennings, Buddy Dean Jennings, Deana Jennings, Tomi Lynne, Terry Vance Jennings, Julie Rae Jennings, Good Hearted Woman, Luckenbach, Texas, Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
  • Parents: Lorene Beatrice, William Albert Jennings
  • Siblings: Tommy Jennings, James Jennings, Good Hearted Woman, Luckenbach, Texas, Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWaylonJennings/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialwaylon?lang=en
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialwaylon/
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0421261
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/waylon-jennings-mn0000200791
  • Awards: Grammy Awards, Country Music Association awards, Academy of Country Music awards, CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music (2003), Country Music Hall of Fame (2001), Hollywood’s Rock Wall in Hollywood, California (2006), Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music (2007, posthummously …
  • Record Labels: RCA Victor, MCA, Epic, Trend Records, A&M Records, Justice Records
  • Albums: Waylon & Willie (1978), Wanted! The Outlaws (1976), Heroes (1986), White Mansions (1978), Greatest Hits (1979), Ol’ Waylon (1977), “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean”, “Honky Tonk Heroes”
  • Music Groups: The Texas Longhorns, The Crickets, Waylors, The Highwaymen, Waylon & The Waymore Blues
  • Nominations: Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Acad…
  • Movies: “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird”
  • TV Shows: The Dukes of Hazzard, Saddle Rash

Quotes

  • [1984, in an interview in the CMA’s “Close Up” magazine] I did more drugs than anybody you ever saw in your life.
  • Some people have their music. My music has me.
  • There’s always one more way to do something – your way.
  • [about his “outlaw” image] It was a good marketing tool. In a way, I am that way. You start messing with my music, I get mean. As long as you are honest and up front with me, I will be the same with you. But I still do things my way.
  • [his last comment to friend Buddy Holly] Hope your darn ole plane crashes.

Facts

  • Smoked six packs of cigarettes a day until undergoing triple heart bypass surgery in December 1988.
  • Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • His former home in Brentwood, Tennessee, is named “Southern Comfort”.
  • Is portrayed by his son Shooter Jennings in Walk the Line (2005).
  • He was usually regarded as the unifying, central force of “The Highwaymen”, as he brought together Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, all of whom he had been friends with since the 1960s.
  • He claimed that his guitarist Jimmy Byrd was the only other man who could perform his trademark “Chicken Picking” style of guitar playing and often called him “Abe Lincoln” due to his resemblance to former president Abraham Lincoln.
  • Stevie Nicks wrote her 1981 hit “Leather & Lace” at Jennings’ request, as a song for he and wife Jessi Colter. It was his intent that they would record the song at a future time. However, by the time Nicks finished penning the song, Waylon and Jessi had split. Nicks recorded it with Don Henley (of Eagles). The Nicks/Henley version was included on her 1981 LP “Bella Donna” and went to #6 on the US charts. Waylon and Jessi never made a studio recording of the song.
  • Jokingly told his friend Buddy Holly that he hoped his plane crashed, after he gave up his own seat, but was said to be extremely remorseful of the light-hearted comment and for years felt somehow responsible for his friend’s death.
  • Worked as a disc jockey at a Lubbock, Texas radio station.
  • Son (with Jessi Colter) Shooter Jennings (b. Waylon Albright Jennings, 1979) sings with the Los Angeles band Stargunn.
  • He often refused to attend music awards shows on the grounds that performers should not compete against each other. Despite those sentiments, he won two Grammy Awards and four Country Music Association Awards. He did not attend his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • When he was told by doctors to quit touring, he auctioned off much of his equipment. Less than a year later, though, he was back playing concerts.
  • Survived by Jessi Colter, his fourth wife, and seven children.
  • He sold more than 40 million albums and singles worldwide, including 16 #1 country hits.
  • Won a Grammy Award for a version of “MacArthur Park” recorded with The Kimberleys.
  • Named Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1975.
  • His other hit singles included “I’m a Ramblin’ Man”, “Amanda”, “Lucille”, “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and “Rose in Paradise”.
  • His “Greatest Hits” album in 1979 sold four million copies–a rare accomplishment in country music for that era.
  • “I’d like to be remembered for my music– not necessarily by what people see when they see us– but what they feel when they talk about you,” he said in 1984.
  • In the mid-1980s, he joined with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson to form the quartet The Highwaymen, which recorded together and did concert tours.
  • He made occasional forays into television movies, including Stagecoach (1986) and The Oklahoma City Dolls (1981), plus the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird (1985) and a low-budget country/western musical, Nashville Rebel (1966).
  • Had have his left foot amputated due to diabetes in December 2001.
  • High school dropout who got his General Educational Development (GED) in 1989.
  • Ended a 20-year cocaine addiction in 1984. At times, he was spending $1500 a day on the drug.
  • Was supposed to be on the flight that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The Big Bopper was sick and wanted to fly rather than ride the tour bus, so Jennings gave him his seat on the plane.
  • He was married and divorced three times before marrying Jessi Colter.
  • Was briefly a member of Buddy Holly’s band as the bass player.

Filmography

Music Department
Title Year Status Character
The Splu Urtaf Show 1993 TV Series composer: theme music
The Dukes of Hazzard TV Series title song by – 145 episodes, 1979 – 1985 composer – 37 episodes, 1979 – 1980
Mackintosh and T.J. 1975 musician: guitar / musician: vocals
Moonrunners 1975 musical director
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Saddle Rash 2002 TV Movie voice
18 Wheels of Justice 2000 TV Series John Murdocca
Tom Sawyer 2000 Video Judge Thatcher (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home 1999 Video Game The Balladeer (voice)
The Angry Beavers 1999 TV Series Balladeer
The Long Kill 1999 TV Movie Tobey Naylor
Maverick 1994 Man with Concealed Guns
Married with Children 1994 TV Series Ironhead Haynes
Roger Miller: King of the Road 1994 Video Narrator
Stagecoach 1986 TV Movie Hatfield (Gambler)
The All American Cowboy 1985 TV Movie
Follow That Bird 1985 Truck Driver
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1985 TV Series The Balladeer
The Balladeer (voice)
Himself
The Oklahoma City Dolls 1981 TV Movie Wayne Doak
Moonrunners 1975 The Balladeer
Nashville Rebel 1966 Arlin Grove
Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
Halt and Catch Fire 2015 TV Series performer – 1 episode
A Country Called Home 2015 performer: “Rainy Day Woman” / writer: “Rainy Day Woman”
A Perfect Storm: 1979 Daytona 500 2015 Documentary performer: “Good Ol’ Boys” / writer: “Good Ol’ Boys”
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: “Honky Tonk Heroes”
Mad Men 2014 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Criminal Minds TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2014 writer – 1 episode, 2014
True Detective 2014 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Following 2014 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Cold in July 2014 writer: “My World”
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game performer: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” / performer: “Highwayman” – as The Highwaymen
Justified TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2013 writer – 1 episode, 2013
Grimm TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
The Last Ride 2012 performer: “The Night Hank Williams Came to Town”
The Marty Stuart Show 2010-2011 TV Series writer – 4 episodes
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie performer: “Good Hearted Woman” / writer: “Good Hearted Woman”
Thorne: Sleepyhead 2010 performer: “It’s Not Supposed To Be That Way” written by nm0005268
Parenthood TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2010 writer – 1 episode, 2010
Crazy Heart 2009 performer: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” 1975 / writer: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” 1975
Extract 2009 performer: “Rainy Day Woman” 1974 / writer: “Rainy Day Woman” 1974
Crook & Chase TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2009 writer – 1 episode, 2009
Watchmen 2009 performer: “Clyde”
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes 2007 Video performer: “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line / Loving Her Was Easier Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”
State of Mind 2007 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning 2007 TV Movie writer: “Good Ol’ Boys”
The Unforeseen 2007 Documentary writer: “Good Hearted Woman” – as W. Jennings
The Astronaut Farmer 2006 performer: “Luckenbach, Texas Back to the Basics of Love”
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game performer: “Let It Whip”
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 performer: “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” 1968
Southland Tales 2006 performer: “Me And Bobby McGee”
CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country 2006 Video Game “Good Ol Boys”
The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 performer: “Good Ol’ Boys” / writer: “Good Ol’ Boys”
The Wendell Baker Story 2005 performer: “I’ve Always Been Crazy”, “Aint Living Long Like This” / writer: “I’ve Always Been Crazy”
Mono Lake 2004 Short performer: “Walk on Out of My Mind”, “Stop the World and Let Me Off”
Brave New Girl 2004 TV Movie performer: “The Yellow Rose of Texas” – uncredited
Starsky & Hutch 2004 performer: “I’m A Ramblin’ Man”
The Big Bounce 2004 performer: “Bob Wills Is Still The King” / writer: “Bob Wills Is Still The King”
The Wire 2003 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Smallville TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2002 writer – 1 episode, 2002
Uncle Frank 2002 Documentary performer: “Good Hearted Woman” / writer: “Good Hearted Woman”
The Mexican 2001 writer: “The Dukes of Hazzard”
Species II 1998 writer: “Easy Chase”
Neil Diamond: Under a Tennessee Moon 1996 TV Special documentary performer: “One Good Love”, “Kentucky Woman”
Maverick 1994 performer: “You Don’t Mess Around With Me”, “Amazing Grace” / writer: “You Don’t Mess Around With Me”
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 performer: “Hardline”
White Palace 1990 writer: “Good Hearted Woman”
Texasville 1990 performer: “Luckenbach, Texas Back To The Basics Of Love” / writer: “Good Hearted Woman”
Betrayed 1988 performer: “The Devil’s Right Hand”
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Hamburger Hill 1987 performer: “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”
Uphill All the Way 1986 performer: “Never Thought I’d Ever Be an Outlaw”
Fool for Love 1985 performer: “Honky Tonk Heroes”, “Black Rose”
UFOria 1985 writer: “I’ve Always Been Crazy”, “Good Hearted Woman”
Webster 1985 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Follow That Bird 1985 performer: “Ain’t No Road Too Long”
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary “We Are the World”, uncredited
Raamit ränniin 1985 TV Movie performer: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up To Be Cowboys”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night”
The Dukes of Hazzard 1984 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Moscow on the Hudson 1984 performer: “PEOPLE UP IN TEXAS” / writer: “PEOPLE UP IN TEXAS”
Hells Angels Forever 1983 Documentary writer: “I Can Get Off on You”
China Lake 1983 Short “I’ve Always Been Crazy” / performer: “I’ve Always Been Crazy”
The Executioner’s Song 1982 TV Movie performer: “Talk Good Boogie”, “Get It On Again”, “So Good Woman”, “This Time” / writer: “Talk Good Boogie”, “Get It On Again”, “So Good Woman”, “This Time”
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 performer: “Shine”, “You Were Never There” / writer: “Shine”
They All Laughed 1981 performer: “OMAHA”, “WE HAD IT ALL”
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Deer Hunter 1978 performer: “Good Hearted Woman” 1972 – uncredited / writer: “Good Hearted Woman” 1972 – uncredited
The Rockford Files 1978 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Mackintosh and T.J. 1975 writer: “Stay All Night”
Moonrunners 1975 performer: “Slow Rollin’ Low”
Austin City Limits 1975 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Ned Kelly 1970 performer: “Ned Kelly” – uncredited
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series performer – 1 episode, 1970 writer – 1 episode, 1970
The Road to Nashville 1967 performer: “Anita”
Composer
Title Year Status Character
Mackintosh and T.J. 1975
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
Uphill All the Way 1986 special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
American Masters 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Mama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren Axton 2015 Documentary Himself
Family Guy 1999-2001 TV Series Himself
Johnny Cash: Half Mile a Day 2000 Video documentary Himself
Johnny Cash: The Anthology 2000 Video Himself
The Final Day 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Roger Miller Remembered 1998 TV Special Himself
Austin City Limits 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Himself
America’s Music: The Roots of Country 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (1996)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1996 TV Series Himself
Neil Diamond: Under a Tennessee Moon 1996 TV Special documentary Himself – Special Guest
Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly 1996 TV Special Himself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
Lost in Music 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1994 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994 TV Series Himself
A Day in the Life of Country Music 1993 TV Special Himself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Sesame Street 1992 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 1992 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1983-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
The 18th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
Highwaymen Live!!! 1990 Video Himself
An All Star Salute to Country Music 1990 TV Movie Himself
Loretta Lynn: Honky Tonk Girl 1990 Himself
Hee Haw 1969-1989 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Cinemax Sessions 1987-1988 TV Series Himself
Tanner ’88 1988 TV Mini-Series Himself
Waylon Jennings: America 1986 Video short Himself
Farm Aid ’86 1986 TV Movie Himself
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Academy of Country Music’s 20th Anniversary Reunion 1986 TV Special Himself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards 1986 TV Special Himself – via satellite
The 6th Annual National Songwriter Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
The 12th Annual American Music Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1985 TV Series Himself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team 1984 TV Movie Himself – Performer
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself – Host
I Love Liberty 1982 TV Special Himself
Waylon 1980 TV Movie Himself
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1980 TV Special Himself
The Unbroken Circle: A Tribute to Mother Maybelle Carter 1979 TV Special
13th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration 1979 Himself
The Cheryl Ladd Special 1979 TV Movie Himself
10th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
9th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975 TV Series Himself – Country Vocalist
The Midnight Special 1975 TV Series Himself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series Himself
Travelin’ Light 1971 Documentary Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series Himself – Singer
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Road to Nashville 1967 Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself (2002)
The Joy of Country 2011 TV Movie Himself
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs 2011 TV Movie Himself
Crook & Chase 2009 TV Series Himself
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes 2007 Video Himself
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Biography 1995-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
American Revolutions: The Highwaymen 2006 TV Movie
CMT Insider 2006 TV Series Himself
CMT: The Greatest – 40 Greatest Albums 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Country Superstars: Video Hits 2004 Video short Himself
Country Legends 2001 Video Himself – Performer