Today in Music History: Saluting Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings
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.

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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.


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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