Willie Nelson

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Willie was fascinated by various forms of music growing up but gravitated towards country as his writing talents matured. While a teen, Willie made money as a door-to-door sales man, playing honky-tonks and eventually landed his first job at a local radio station. By his graduating year in high school he had his own radio show and, after spending a short period of time in the Air Force, Willie, a fresh-faced 23 year-old financed and recorded his first song 'No Place For Me'. By 1959 Willie had been married and divorced with two children. He worked full time as a country deejay for Fort Worth's KCNC and was writing songs in his spare time.

In 1960 Willie made some decent money selling the song 'Nite Life' for an undisclosed amount of money to a businessmen in Texas. He bought himself a Buick convertible and headed for Nashville to take a stab at a music career. Within two years of being in Nashville he had established himself as a writer and had sold two number one hits to Faron Young and Patsy Cline. By 1973 Willie's popularity had grown and in 1975 he released his 'Red Headed Stranger' album, which pushed him into the spotlight and brought him onto the charts.

In 1978 Willie began acting. Beyond television acting and the many cameo appearances he made, he also had roles in several films, including 'Red Headed Stranger', 'Thief', 'Honeysuckle Rose', 'Pair of Aces', 'Songwriter', and 'Stagecoach'. The eighties brought opportunities for Nelson to do duets with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard any many others. Throughout his career Nelson wrote top ten hits for himself and sold hits to other artists. In 1993 Willie's classic and ever popular 'On the Road Again' was used in the critically acclaimed soundtrack to the movie 'Forrest Gump,' reminding everyone that he was still an intricate part of music and the world around us.

1993 was also the year Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame but by that time he was already a living legend for country music fans across the world. Having written hit songs like 'Nite Life' for Ray Price, 'Crazy' for Patsy Cline, and 'Funny How Time Slips Away' for Billy Walker, Willie had never gone unnoticed. With an artist like Willie Nelson, it doesn't matter where you're from or where you're at, his voice and his name are familiar.

Willie Nelson has recorded over 100 albums and won over 30 different awards ranging from Grammy's to Academy of Country Music Awards for favorite male artist to album and singles of the year. Whether it's his cover of Elvis's 'Always on My Mind', a classic like 'Georgia on My Mind' and 'To All The Women I've Loved Before' or it's the man himself live in concert, there is no doubt Willie Nelson has earned his place in country music history.


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