Willie Nelson
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1933-04-30
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Willie Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, 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 ...

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Biography

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, 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.

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Let's Face The Music And Dance
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Let's Face The Music And Dance
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Mendocino County Line (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
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Mendocino County Line (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
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Just Dropped In
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Just Dropped In
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End Of Understanding
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End Of Understanding
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Forgiving You Was Easy
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Forgiving You Was Easy
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City Of New Orleans
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City Of New Orleans
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My Own Peculiar Way
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My Own Peculiar Way
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Whiskey River
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Whiskey River
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It Won't Be Very Long (feat. The Secret Sisters)
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It Won't Be Very Long (feat. The Secret Sisters)
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Bring Me Sunshine
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Bring Me Sunshine
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Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
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Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)
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Baby, It's Cold Outside (feat. Norah Jones)
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Baby, It's Cold Outside (feat. Norah Jones)
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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
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BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX
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BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX
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Jingle Bells
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Jingle Bells
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Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth
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Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth
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Don_t Fence Me In
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Don_t Fence Me In
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December Day
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December Day
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Funny How Time Slips Away
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Funny How Time Slips Away
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If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time
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If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time
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On The Road Again
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On The Road Again
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What'll I Do
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What'll I Do
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I Still Can't Believe You're Gone
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I Still Can't Believe You're Gone
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Willie Nelson Biography

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, 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 following year...

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