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Willie Nelson is one of the most significant musicians of the last century not only in country music, but across all genres. His inimitable singing and guitar playing make him one of the most distinctive and instantly identifiable performers in the world, but Nelson’s songcraft is really at the heart of his success — both the songs he has written, and the songs he chooses to record from others. His original songs include all-time classic like “Crazy,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Pretty Paper” and “Hello Walls,” but he’s also rendered iconic versions of “Whiskey River,” “Pancho & Lefty,” “Always on My Mind” and many more. Fittingly, Nelson wrote “On the Road Again,” which has become his signature song over the years. His 1975 album ‘Red Headed Stranger’ is widely considered one of the keystone country recordings of all time. In more recent years Nelson has become one of music’s elder statesmen, continuing to keep a busy schedule of recording and touring into his 80s.

  • Full Name: Willie Hugh Nelson
  • Top Songs: "On the Road Again," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Always on My Mind"
  • Did You Know? Despite his "outlaw" image, Nelson played football in school and later served in the Air Force.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs
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Willie Nelson Helps Honor ‘Austin City Limits’ in ‘A Song for You’ Documentary

Willie Nelson gives back to a show that has helped him throughout his career in a new documentary called A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story.

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Cyndi Lauper to Release Country Classics Album Called ‘Detour’

Cyndi Lauper is taking a musical detour with a collection of classic country covers, fittingly called Detour.

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Willie Nelson Previews New Album With Gershwins’ ‘Summertime’

Willie Nelson is releasing a Gershwin tribute album, and recently shared his cover of "Summertime," one of the more popular songs from George and Ira Gershwin.

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Willie Nelson Covering Gershwin With New Album

Willie Nelson is known for his own signature country style, but for his new album he’s taking on a different set of iconic tunes: Gershwin pop songs.

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Willie Nelson to Appear on Upcoming Cyndi Lauper Country Album

Show business can make for strange bedfellows sometimes, as Willie Nelson and pop singer Cyndi Lauper can attest.

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Top 10 Country Songs About Marijuana

Songs about marijuana have pervaded country music for decades, but it seems now more than ever there is a general acceptance of the use of the drug across the genre.

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Willie Nelson Pays Tribute to John Lennon With ‘Imagine’ [Watch]

One of country music's most important singer-songwriters paid tribute to one of rock music's most gifted artists in early December, when Willie Nelson performed "Imagine" as part of an all-star tribute to John Lennon.

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Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson Salute John Lennon [Watch]

The country genre was well represented at John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert, held earlier this month at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Willie Nelson, Eric Church + More to Play John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

John Lennon would have turned 75 years old last month (Oct. 9), and in honor of the late artist's birthday, AMC will remember the singer in the form of a live show titled Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.

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Willie Nelson Promises ‘There’s Room for Everyone’ in America [Watch]

Willie Nelson was honored in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night (Nov. 18), and he took the opportunity to weigh in musically on one of the biggest social and political debates currently going on in America.

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