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7/29/10

Waylon Jennings and other famous faces from Littlefield

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Lisa Whelchel & Tom Jones Lisa Whelchel & Tom Jones
Gene Mayfield & Billy Howton Gene Mayfield & Billy Howton

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - There's rock and roll, and then there's country. Waylon Jennings is a little bit of both.

You might remember him for his theme song on the popular show Dukes of Hazzard, but to Littlefield, he is a hometown hero. Before he became an icon, he worked in the cotton fields. His brother James says from the time Waylon was little, he was destined to play music.

"I can remember when we got home from work, first thing he would do is get a drink of water, wash his hands then go out and get a guitar and start picking on a song," says James Jennings, Waylon's brother. James says when Waylon went on tour he made sure to write letters to his mother at every stop.

Another famous face from Littlefield is Lisa Whelchel. She played the part of the preppy and wealthy Blair Warner in the TV show "The Facts of Life." She was born in Littlefield in 1963. Whelchel actually got her start in acting in 1977 as a Mouseketeer on the new Mickey Mouse Club.

Lisa and Waylon are not the only well known names from Littlefield. Broadway playwright and lyricist Tom Jones was born in Littlefield in 1928. He was behind the record-breaking off-broadway hit "The Fantasticks" and "110 in the shade."

Texas High School Hall of Fame Coach Gene Mayfield began his career in Littlefield. He would later go on to make high school football history. As a first-year head coach at Odessa Permian, Mayfield started the school's winning tradition when they took the 1965 4A State Championship.

Speaking of football, former NFL player Billy Howton was born in Littlefield in 1930. Howton played 12 seasons in the pros. He spent eight years with the Green Bay Packers, then one year with the Cleveland Browns. He retired in 1963 after four years with the Dallas Cowboys.

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