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George Jones, iconic country singer, dies at 81

NASHVILLE, April 26 (UPI) -- George Jones, the iconic country music singer known by generations for his distinctive voice and phrasing, died Friday in Nashville at 81, his publicist said.

Willie feels 'better,' not hospitalized

CASTLE PINES VILLAGE, Colo., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Willie Nelson had altitude troubles but no hospitalization for breathing problems, his daughter said in explaining why he canceled a fundraiser near Denver.

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De Matteo gives birth to a son

De Matteo gives birth to a son

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Drea de Matteo has given birth to a son, her fiance Shooter Jennings confirmed via Twitter.

Steel guitarist Ralph Mooney dies

KENNEDALE, Texas, March 27 (UPI) -- Steel guitarist Ralph Mooney has died of complications of cancer at his home in Kennedale, Texas, his wife said. He was 82.
Jennings documentary to air on GAC

Jennings documentary to air on GAC

NASHVILLE, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A documentary about the making of "The Music Inside," a tribute album honoring late music great Waylon Jennings, is to air on Great American Country.
Jennings and de Matteo get engaged

Jennings and de Matteo get engaged

UTICA , N.Y., June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. country singer-songwriter Waylon "Shooter" Jennings has confirmed his longtime girlfriend, actress Drea de Matteo, accepted his marriage proposal.

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Warrants issued for country artist Shaver

LORENA, Texas, April 3 (UPI) -- Warrants were issued for the arrest of country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver following a weekend shooting in a Texas bar, police said.

Country legends team up on new album

PRESCOTT, Ariz., March 20 (UPI) -- Texas-based music legend Willie Nelson likens his new project -- "Last of the Breed" with Merle Haggard and Ray Price -- to some of his previous collaborations.

Skaggs, Hornsby team up for bluegrass set

NASHVILLE, March 20 (UPI) -- It took several years for Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby to realize their dream of making a bluegrass album together.

Remembering the Armadillo

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A marker commemorating the Armadillo World Headquarters, the place where many of the nation's best musicians gathered in the 1970s, was dedicated Sunday.
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Waylon Jennings
Jessi Colter, wife of the late Waylon Jennings, attends a ceremony where Kris Kristofferson and Jennings, posthomously, were inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk in Hollywood, California on July 6, 2006 . (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 - February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. He rose to prominence as a bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. Jennings escaped death in the February 3, 1959, plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, when he gave up his seat to Richardson who had been sick with the flu. Urban legend and Hollywood folklore have it that Jennings and The Big Bopper flipped a coin for the last seat on the plane, with Jennings losing. It was, in fact, Tommy Allsup who flipped the coin for the fated plane trip, losing his seat to Valens.

By the 1970s, Jennings had become associated with so-called "outlaws," an informal group of musicians who worked outside of the Nashville corporate scene. A series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late '70s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." In 1979, he recorded the theme song for the hit television show The Dukes of Hazzard, and also served as the narrator ("The Balladeer") for all seven seasons of the show.

He continued to be active in the recording industry, forming the group The Highwaymen with Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Jennings released his last solo studio album in 1998. In 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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