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What if Waylon Had Died with Buddy?

54 years ago today I delivered the bad news to Lubbock: her hometown boy, Buddy Holly, was dead. He died in a plane crash at Cedar Lake, Iowa the day before. I was a paper boy for the Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock’s newspaper where you can read a lot about Holly.

Waylon Jennings could have died in that plane crash, too. He should have been on the plane but he gave up his seat to J.P. Richardson, better known as “The Big Bopper”.

I was just thinking today, what we would have missed if Waylon had died, too? Among many recordings here are just the singles we’d never known. Thanks to Wikipedia. Click on the highlighted ones. It’ll give you the deep information.



“That’s the Chance I’ll Have to Take”

“Stop the World (And Let Me Off)”

“Anita, You’re Dreaming”


“Time to Bum Again”

“(That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me”

“Green River”


“Mental Revenge”

“The Chokin’ Kind”

“Walk On Out of My Mind”


“I Got You” (w/ Anita Carter)

Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line

“Yours Love”


“Something’s Wrong in California”

The Days of Sand and Shovels

Brown Eyed Handsome Man


“Singer of Sad Songs”

“The Taker”

Suspicious Minds(w/ Jessi Colter)

“(Don’t Let the Sun Set on You) Tulsa”


“Mississippi Woman”

Under Your Spell Again(w/ Jessi Colter)

“Cedartown, Georgia”

Good Hearted Woman


Sweet Dream Woman

“Pretend I Never Happened”


“You Can Have Her”

We Had It All

You Asked Me To


This Time

I’m a Ramblin’ Man


Rainy Day Woman

“Dreaming My Dreams with You”

Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way


Can’t You See

Are You Ready for the Country


Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)


I’ve Always Been Crazy

Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out of Hand



Come with Me

I Ain’t Living Long Like This



Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)


“Storms Never Last” (w/ Jessi Colter)



Just to Satisfy You(w/ Willie Nelson)

Women Do Know How to Carry On


Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will)

“Breakin’ Down”

Hold On, I’m Comin’(w/ Jerry Reed)

“The Conversation” (w/ Hank Williams, Jr.)


I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain’t Used Up)

Never Could Toe the Mark



Waltz Me to Heaven

Drinkin’ and Dreamin’

“The Devil’s on the Loose”


Working Without a Net

Will the Wolf Survive

What You’ll Do When I’m Gone


Rose in Paradise

Fallin’ Out

Rough and Rowdy Days


If Ole Hank Could Only See Us Now

“How Much Is It Worth to Live In L.A.”


“Which Way Do I Go (Now That I’m Gone)”

“Trouble Man”

“You Put the Soul in the Song”

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