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TITLE: Waylon: An Autobiography PLACE: Dallas NO. SIGNED: 120 in 45 minutes
COWBOY HATS AND BASEBALL CAPS, faded jeans and pointy-toe boots: It looked like a day at the rodeo when country music superstar Waylon Jennings pulled into town to sign copies of his no-holds-barred autobiography (it covers his days as Buddy Holly's protege, his staggering, long-since-kicked drug habit, his three ex-wives and many other women). More than 200 folks showed up at Borders*Books* Music*Cafe to greet the first-time author, who came accessorized in bolo tie and shades.
The son of a dirt-poor Texas farm laborer, Jennings, 59, acted more like an in-law than an outlaw with fans during what felt like a family reunion. "He's so special because he's down-to-earth," said Pemelia Swaim, 46, a data-entry clerk. "I fell in love with him the first time I heard him sing." Dale Scribner, 37, an Oklahoma leather craftsman, drove 2½ hours to meet Jennings. "After I read the book, I found out that his whole life is his songs," noted Scribner. "I said if he has a book signing within 400 miles, I'm going. I'd walk it for that dude."
Several couples couldn't wait to hand their babies to Jennings, who happily held his prospective fans. No one that day was singing one of Jennings' biggest hits: "Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."