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- Willie Nelson enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02vzqdw.jpg2015-07-05T19:55:00ZWillie Nelson enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/668fd73c-bf54-4310-a139-305517f05311?clipfocus=p02vzqf2Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
Willie Nelson enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
- Willie Nelson - Another Country Interviewhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01y7wpw.jpg2011-09-22T23:00:55ZRicky secures a rare interview with Willie Nelson.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/668fd73c-bf54-4310-a139-305517f05311?clipfocus=p00kn859Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 14 mins
Willie Nelson - Another Country Interview
- Willie Nelson talks to Kinky Friedman on his tour bushttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02b57s6.jpg2011-08-22T23:00:57ZA clip taken from BBC Arena's Texas Saturday Night (1981). Kinky Friedman interviews Willie Nelson in his tour bus and we see a brief clip of Willie singing.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/668fd73c-bf54-4310-a139-305517f05311?clipfocus=p00jzqshSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
Willie Nelson talks to Kinky Friedman on his tour bus
- Willie Nelson on Music Appealhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cbby1.jpg2011-08-14T23:00:57ZIn a clip taken from BBC One's Kings of Country, Willie Nelson talks about how his music continues to appeal to all ages during an interview in 2005.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/668fd73c-bf54-4310-a139-305517f05311?clipfocus=p00jtns7Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 1 min
Willie Nelson on Music Appeal
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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. 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...