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Nelson, Willie,

1933–, American country singer, guitarist, and songwriter, b. Abbott, Tex. Nelson began playing professionally at 10 and joined a western swing band as a teenager. In the 1960s he moved to Nashville, where he became a successful songwriter, composing such tunes as "Funny How Time Slips Away" and the Patsy ClineCline, Patsy,
1932–63, American country singer, b. Winchester, Va., as Virginia Patterson Hensley. She began singing locally while still in her teens and signed her first recording contract in 1953, but did not become well known until after the release of her first hit,
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 hit "Crazy." Nelson returned to Texas in the 1970s and during that decade came into his own as a performer, creating the blues-rock-country hybrid known as "outlaw music" and becoming enormously popular. He achieved great success with the albums Shotgun Willie (1973) and Red Headed Stranger (1975) (containing the hit "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain") and also began performing widely in concert tours, singing for a country-crossover audience. Among his later albums are Wanted: The Outlaws (1976), Stardust (1978), City of New Orleans (1984), The Promised Land (1986), Across the Borderline (1993), Teatro (1998), and the comprehensive collection One Hell of a Ride (2008). Nelson had federal tax problems in the 1980s, but they were resolved by the 1990s, in part with revenues from The IRS Tapes (1991). He has performed in a number of films, including The Electric Horseman (1979), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), and Wag the Dog (1998), and is well known for sponsoring Farm Aid concerts.

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See biography by J. N. Patoski (2008).

Nelson, Willie (Hugh)

(1933–  ) country music singer, songwriter; born in Fort Worth, Texas. Before he was a teenager he sang gospel in a Baptist church and played guitar in polka bands, but he also absorbed both pop and jazz music. Writing songs in Nashville in the 1960s, he helped the country music revival, but he did not get much recognition for his own singing. He relocated to Austin, Texas, and also reconstructed his image, adopting his trademark beard, headband, earring, and blue jeans. At first he won over a largely youthful audience, especially with his annual "picnics," like mini-Woodstocks, but gradually he broadened his appeal to an adult public. A widely popular, eclectic performer, he recorded jazz standards, country-rock, and gospel in his distinctive singing style, with its bluesy, off-beat phrasing. In the late 1980s he was briefly in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for falling behind in his taxes, but he resolved that problem and resumed his role as something of a national country-music icon, in part because of his generous appearances at benefit concerts.
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Me and Merle got a new album called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson prior to the record release on June 2.
In 2006, with royal country music blood running through his veins, Frizzell came full circle being named Nashville's Artist to the Stars for his artistic collaboration with some of Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and Roots music's biggest names, including George Jones, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, Gene Watson and Jerrod Niemann to name a few.
He says: 'When I worked with Willie Nelson - who is just about the nicest man I've ever worked with in my life - I thought,'If I'd been gay, it would have saved me millions,just because we'd still be happily married.
Autographed Willie Nelson guitar picks are included on every bottle, the ad campaign features a photograph from a recording studio session with Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan, and Nelson-focused promotions will be held around the country at restaurants and bars, on the radio and at www.
Touring groups, including ours, commonly made use of satellite or single router technology to connect online as we traveled from venue to venue, which can be expensive and at times extremely slow," said David Anderson, tour manager for Willie Nelson.
Me and Merle got a new album coming out called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson.
THE only bigger legends than Willie Nelson in American music history are either Bob Dylan or dead.
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Grace joins a fair concert lineup that will include country music icon Willie Nelson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grammy winner Train.
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recently announced that musician Willie Nelson has been appointed to the company's board of directors.