Waylon Jennings, who defined the outlaw movement in country music, has died after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. Jennings, 64, died peacefully at home.
Jennings had been in ill health with diabetes-related problems. He underwent surgery December 19 at a Phoenix hospital to amputate his left foot, which had become infected because of diabetes. Jennings left the hospital and returned to his home on Jan. 7.
Jennings talked often about the night of Feb. 3, 1959, when he gave up his seat to Holly on the tour plane that later crashed in a snowstorm on the way to a concert in Fargo, N.D., from Clear Water, Iowa. All aboard -- Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson -- were killed on what has become to be remembered as "the day the music died."
Elvis recorded the Waylon Jennings song, "You Asked Me To" in 1973.