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Waylon Jennings Recovering From Heart Surgery

December 13, 1988

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country music star Waylon Jennings was listed in stable condition after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery Monday, a spokeswoman said.

The 51-year-old singer underwent 3 1/2 hours of surgery at Baptist Hospital, said publicist Bridget Dolan. ″He’s doing just fine,″ she said. ″There was no evidence of a heart attack.″

Jennings was hospitalized Sunday morning after having chest pains while traveling to a concert in Bristol, Tenn., Ms. Dolan said.

″He was just 20 miles out of Nashville and he decided to just turn around and come back,″ she said.

Tests were performed Sunday and doctors found three partially blocked arteries and decided to perform bypass surgery, she said.

One of the arteries was the same one that became blocked before, leading to October’s angioplasty, a procedure in which a small balloon is inserted into an artery and inflated, breaking away a blockage.

Jennings’ wife, singer Jessie Colter, and son were with him at the hospital, and the entertainer was in good spirits before the procedure, Ms. Dolan said.

Jennings, whose work on 13 million-selling albums has won him two Grammy awards and four Country Music Association awards, is probably best known for his duet with Willie Nelson on ″Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.″

He also had a hit with the ″Dukes of Hazzard″ theme song. His latest album is ″Full Circle.″

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