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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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Instagram via Ben Haggard
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Ben Haggard Challenges Willie Nelson’s Son Via Social Media

The son of the late Merle Haggard, Ben Haggard, turned to social media on May 17 to post a rendition of the classic country hit "Seven Spanish Angels." The track went all the way to No. 1 in 1984 when one of Merle's closest friends, Willie Nelson, released the single as a duet with Ray Charles.

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Top 10 Songs About America

Country music is known for its ability to create some outstanding songs about America. From patriotic anthems to protest tunes, country artists know how to sing about their home sweet home.

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Willie Nelson’s 43rd Annual Fourth of July Picnic Will Return to Austin

Pack your finest baskets and coziest blankets, because Willie Nelson has announced that his annual Fourth of July Picnic will return to Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater for its second consecutive year.

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Willie Nelson, Country Music Dominate 2016 ACL Festival Lineup

The lineup for the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival has been announced, and country music is at the forefront of the two-weekend long event.

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Shotgun Willie: See Pictures of Willie Nelson Through the Years

Willie Nelson has had the most amazing life, both onstage and off.

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Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs

Willie Nelson is an American music icon that is known the world over for his unique voice, poignant songwriting, daring multi-genre musical collaborations, unforgettable movie and television roles, and his dedicated support of the American farmer.

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Country Music Says ‘Happy Birthday’ to Willie Nelson [Watch]

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson! But don't take it from us. Nearly two dozen country stars gathered to wish the country legend a happy 83rd birthday recently.

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Jamey Johnson Sings ‘It’s All Going to Pot’ With Willie in Memory of Merle

Willie Nelson paid tribute to his late friend Merle Haggard onstage days after he passed away. At a recent tour stop, the Red Headed Stranger performed "It's All Going to Pot" while in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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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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Flashback: Willie, Miranda Honor Merle Haggard at Kennedy Center Honors

In 2010, Merle Haggard was recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. It was a career highlight.

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