• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 136

    Waylon Jennings

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Waylon Jennings
    Ultra rare example of Waylon Jennings's 1964 debut album Waylon Jennings at JD's (BAT Records LP-1001-1, 1001-2) signed and inscribed by Jennings and his band, Jerry Gropp, Paul Foster and Richard Albright, to the "Queen Mother of Nashville", songwriter "Mama" Mae Axton, co-writer of Heartbreak Hotel.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Waylon Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas in 1939 and learned to play guitar at the tender age of eight forming his first band two years later. While working as a DJ in Lubbock, Texas he befriended Buddy Holly. Jennings received his break when Holly chose him to be his bass player for his 1958-'59 mid-west tour. The tragic loss of Buddy Holly in February of 1959 left Jennings distraught and he returned to radio work in West Texas. By the early 1960's he was again, performing and recording, now in Phoenix, Arizona. Rediscovered by country artist Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins signed Jennings to a RCA contract in 1965 and after moving to Nashville roomed with Johnny Cash who he became close friends with. The end of the decade saw Jennings chart in the Top Ten with The Chokin' Kind and Only Daddy That Will Walk the Line. As Jennings's style chaffed against the Nashville establishment, he looked for new management that would not stifle his creativity. By bucking the status quo and staying true to his instincts as an artist, he was labeled an Outlaw. He readily embraced the name and persona that went with it. He went on to win CMA's Male Vocalist of the year in 1975 and took his LP Wanted: Outlaws platinum, a first in country music history. With an international following of fans that made him a cross-over hit maker he will be remembered for his collaborations with the other so called Outlaws of county music, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and the catalogue of work he produced.