Willie Nelson
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1933-04-30
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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Biography (Wikipedia)

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, 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. He also worked as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Vancouver and nearby Portland Oregon. 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...

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Julio Iglesias
To All The Girls I've Loved Before
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To All The Girls I've Loved Before
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The Party's Over
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The Party's Over
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Can I Sleep In Your Arms
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Can I Sleep In Your Arms
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Fly me to the moon
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Fly me to the moon
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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
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Nothing I Can Do About It Now
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Nothing I Can Do About It Now
Margo Price
Learning To Lose (feat. Willie Nelson)
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Learning To Lose (feat. Willie Nelson)
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I Couldn't Belive It Was True
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I Couldn't Belive It Was True
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Always On My Mind
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Always On My Mind
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (feat. Willie Nelson)
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Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream (feat. Willie Nelson)
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From Here To The Moon And Back
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From Here To The Moon And Back
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Me And Paul
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Me And Paul
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Crazy
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Crazy
Merle Haggard
Half A Man
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Half A Man
Glen Campbell
Funny How Time Slips Away
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Funny How Time Slips Away
Waylon Jennings
Good Hearted Woman
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Good Hearted Woman
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Blame It On The Times
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Blame It On The Times
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Butterfly
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Butterfly
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Midnight Rider
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Midnight Rider
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On The Road Again
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On The Road Again
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Family Bible
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Family Bible
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Whiskey River
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Whiskey River
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Swinging Doors
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Swinging Doors
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City Of New Orleans
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City Of New Orleans
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Funny How Time Slips Away
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Funny How Time Slips Away
Waylon Jennings
Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
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Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
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Seven Spanish Angels (feat. Ray Charles)
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Seven Spanish Angels (feat. Ray Charles)
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Why Do I Have to Choose
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Why Do I Have to Choose
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Good Ol' Boys [Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard]
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Good Ol' Boys [Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard]
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Heaven Is Closed
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Heaven Is Closed
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Blue Moon
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Blue Moon
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Blue Skies
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Blue Skies
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He Won't Ever Be Gone
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He Won't Ever Be Gone
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