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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

 

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.[1] The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho and Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990, Nelson's assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US$32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

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Highlights26

Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2: Willie Nelson and the Boys
 
Willie Nelson and the Boys is a collaboration album by Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah.
Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2
Album
Willie and the Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2 is an album by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on October 20, 2017.
My Tears Fall
Song
My Tears Fall is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on October 18, 2017.
I'm Movin' On
Song
I'm Movin' On is a song by musical artist Willie Nelson, released on October 4, 2017.

Photos - Willie Nelson1000

People Recently Photographed with Willie Nelson21

Popular Albums175

Album Appearances & References198

Popular Songs60

Song Appearances & References96

Popular Live Albums8

Live Album Appearances & References5

Musical Group References5

Musical Groups4

Minor Film Appearances & References1

Films24

TV Shows12

Books5

Other Music-Related Relationships12

Other Film-Related Relationships1

Book References & Influences1

Collaborators & Influencers198

Personal & Professional Relationships7

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships14

Awards & Nominations17

Events3

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Videos179

Spotify - Albums & Singles414

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts32

Hartman Arena
Park City, United States
November 24, 2017
Hartman Arena
Park City, US
November 25, 2017
Winstar Casino
Thackerville, US
November 26, 2017
Moody Theater
Austin, United States
December 29, 2017
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
Austin, US
December 30, 2017
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
Austin, US
December 31, 2017
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
Austin, US
January 1, 2018
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, United States
January 3, 2018
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, US
January 4, 2018
Desert Diamond Casino - Sahuarita
Sahuarita, US
January 6, 2018
Harrahs Resort SoCal The Events Center
Valley Center, US
January 7, 2018
McCallum Theatre
Palm Desert, United States
January 8, 2018
McCallum Theatre
Palm Desert, US
January 9, 2018
The Ballroom at Graton Resort
Rohnert Park, United States
January 10, 2018
Graton Resort & Casino
Rohnert Park, US
January 11, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, United States
January 12, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, US
January 13, 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, US
January 14, 2018
Edgewater Hotel and Casino
Laughlin, US
January 15, 2018
Macon City Auditorium
Macon, United States
February 7, 2018
Macon City Auditorium
Macon, US
February 8, 2018
IP Casino Resort and Spa
Biloxi, United States
February 9, 2018
Marina Civic Center
Panama City, United States
February 10, 2018
Marina Civic Center
Panama City, US
February 11, 2018
Germain Arena
Estero, United States
February 12, 2018
Germain Arena
Estero, US
February 13, 2018
Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Pompano Beach, US
February 14, 2018
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, United States
February 15, 2018
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, US
February 16, 2018
Space Coast Daily Park
Viera, US
February 17, 2018
St Augustine Amphitheatre
St Augustine, United States
February 18, 2018
St Augustine Amphitheatre
Saint Augustine, US
February 19, 2018

News Articles6

Hear Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson's charming 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' cover
  –  November 16, 2017
Grammy-winning singer Lee Ann Womack is back with new music. Today, EW is thrilled to premiere her holiday season duet with Willie Nelson covering “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” While the cut is well-known, the two country classicists update it with ...
The gospel according to Willie Nelson
  –  November 15, 2017
People excited to see Willie Nelson at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land on ... He repeated several tunes from his RodeoHouston set earlier this year. MUSICAL RELIEF: Country singer Luke Combs surprises local students with $1 million donation ...
Willie Nelson & Family in concert with Drew Holcomb
  –  November 15, 2017
Willie Nelson & Family will make their Smart Financial Centre debut ... He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical ...
He’s Willie Nelson’s son, but Lukas Nelson’s star is rising on his own
  –  November 10, 2017
And Nelson certainly has the pedigree to be a musician; his father is a household name: Willie Nelson. But this is the year that Lukas Nelson and the rest of the band have really made a name for themselves. Following the August release of their self-titled ...
Willie Nelson, Spry As Ever, Delights A Sold-Out Smart Financial Centre
  –  November 15, 2017
But at that very age, one of country music’s most beloved icons – the one and only Willie Nelson – continues to release music ... common was a shared appreciation for the American singer-songwriter, and perhaps a love for beer. Early in his ...
Fall music from Austin artists includes Willie Nelson & sons and more
  –  November 6, 2017
Live in Austin: Willie Nelson & Family, along with Lukas Nelson & Promise of ... “Rule 62” features an A-list cast of musicians including guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams) and keyboardist Jen Gunderman (Sheryl Crow, Jayhawks).

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