Today in Music History: Saluting Waylon Jennings

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Part of the "outlaw country" movement, Waylon Jennings passed away today back in 2002. (Wikimedia Commons)

History Highlight:

Today in 2002, country music maverick and American icon Waylon Jennings died from diabetes-related health problems. He was 64. Jennings had been one of the major figures in the so-called "outlaw country" movement (although he disliked the term) - artists who bucked the commercial trends of Nashville in the 1970s, alonside the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Also, Today In:

1961 - Frank Sinatra started his own recording label, Reprise.

1981 - Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of Moon became the longest-running rock record on the Billboard album chart, concluding its 402nd week.

2004 - Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour.

2012 - Adele won all six categories she was nominated for at the Grammy Awards.

Birthdays:

Leslie Feist is 37.

Henry Rollins is 52.

Peter Hook, bassist for Joy Division and New Order, is 57.

Peter Gabriel is 63.


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