Waylon Jennings is an icon. He worked his way from radio DJ to playing bass for Buddy Holly to becoming a clean-cut, Nashville-friendly country singer. Then, in the seventies, he helped to kick off the Outlaw Country movement. With Honky Tonk Heroes, he solidified his place in music history. With that album, he took control of not only his song selection but also some aspects of the album’s production. From then on, Waylon was branded an Outlaw. The moniker fit and that is how many fans remember him today.
Waylon Jennings didn’t just change his own sound. He and artists like Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tompall Glaser stood as examples for future artists. They showed what a country artist could do when they took control of their lives, music, and careers. The artists in the Outlaw Country movement didn’t just make music that was different than the norm. They made music that resonated with their listeners. As a result, they saw chart and financial success with their new brand of rock-infused country music.
With that success came recognition from the country music world. Before his death in 2002, Waylon Jennings won several awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association as well as a Grammy. Waylon was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
The accolades kept coming for Waylon Jennings even after he passed away. The Academy of Country music gave Waylon the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2007. That same year, the Nashville Songwriters’ Festival awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. However, his accolades came from places other than the country music world. In 2006, Waylon Jennings was inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk.
Waylon Jennings Added To RockWalk In 2006
On this day in 2006, Guitar Center added Waylon Jennings to the Hollywood RockWalk.
The RockWalk is “an industry-recognized music landmark and pedestrian path… dedicated to honoring musicians and musical pioneers who have made a significant and lasting creative contribution to the growth and evolution of music,” according to the RockWalk website.
Of all the country music artists of the last sixty years, it is hard to think of another artist who fits that bill better than Waylon Jennings. He and Willie Nelson were the faces of a movement that changed country music forever. Waylon was an innovator, a leader, and one hell of a musician.
Guitar Center inducted Waylon Jennings alongside his longtime friend and fellow Highwayman, Kris Kristofferson. Waylon’s wife and musical collaborator, Jessi Colter, accepted the posthumous induction for her him, according to a press release from BMI. You can find the RockWalk at the entrance of the flagship Guitar Center store on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.