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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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Waylon Jennings Tribute Concert to Benefit Texas Flood Victims

A diverse lineup of country's edgiest artists will gather in Austin in July to pay tribute to the legendary Waylon Jennings, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Debut at No. 1 With New Duets Album

Beloved country icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are back on top this week with the release of their new duets album, Django and Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

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Willie Nelson Supports LGBT Anti-Discrimination Group

Willie Nelson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind, no matter how controversial the subject. Now the singer is letting everyone know his stance by openly supporting the anti-discrimination group Texas Wins.

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Willie Nelson Confirmed for ‘Zoolander 2′

In more evidence that Willie Nelson is one of the coolest people on the planet, the 82-year-old country legend has secured a role in the upcoming comedy Zoolander 2.

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Willie Nelson (Feat. Merle Haggard), ‘Unfair Weather Friend’ [Listen]

Merle Haggard joins Willie Nelson for "Unfair Weather Friend," a new single from the two legends upcoming Django and Jimmie album. Their appreciation for one another can be heard in every note, breath and word of this friendship ballad.

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Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Reunite for New Album

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were two of the founding fathers of the outlaw country movement, and they have paired up again to release a new studio album collaboration.

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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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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Release ‘It’s All Going to Pot’ Video

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have released a music video for their catchy tune, "It's All Going to Pot." The music video was released on 4/20, which is fitting given the song's title.

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Willie Nelson Officially Announces Launch of Marijuana Brand on 4/20

Although news of Willie Nelson's signature marijuana line leaked in March, the country icon waited until a more fitting day to make an official announcement: 4/20.

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You Think You Know Willie Nelson?

A casual country fan may only know that Willie Nelson sings country music, and smokes a lot of marijuana. These things are true, but there's so much more to this country legend. This episode of You Think You Know Country? explores the singer's dark side.

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