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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 Shares His Advice to Live By

Willie Nelson has experienced a lot of life in his 83 years, and the singer recently shared some important advice with Great Big Stories.

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Remember Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?

Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, Wanted: The Outlaws became the first official platinum album in country music history that year.

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Willie Nelson Postpones Concerts Due to Illness

Willie Nelson has been forced to postpone two concerts over the last several days, citing an undisclosed illness.

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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 Answers ‘3 Ridiculous Questions’ From Jimmy Kimmel

Apparently, Willie Nelson would be okay with dying in a fight with a rabbit. Fans learned this and a few other interesting facts about Nelson in a new segment from Jimmy Kimmel that features the country legend in his ‘3 Ridiculous Questions’ series.

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Willie Nelson Helps Honor Chicago Cubs in ‘Someday’ Nike Commercial

Nike drafted a classic tune from Willie Nelson for a commercial celebrating the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win on Wednesday (Nov. 2).

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Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton + More Read ‘Mean Tweets’ [Watch]

The second all-country music edition of Mean Tweets aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2). Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, Willie Nelson and more took part.

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Forever Country: Lucie Silvas Covers Iconic ‘Always on My Mind’ [Watch]

Lucie Silvas is mesmerizing during her cover of "Always on My Mind," made famous by Willie Nelson. Silvas performed as a part of the CMA's Forever Country series, which pays tribute to country music's classics.

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Willie Nelson Gets a Hilarious Bus Visit From Jimmy Fallon [Watch]

Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show took a visit to Willie Nelson's infamous tour bus on Sept. 30, before the country legend was set to visit the show. Fallon, clearly excited to be invited onto Nelson's bus, lets fans in on the fun in a 90-second clip.

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‘Forever Country’ Makes History

"Forever Country" has made history.

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