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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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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 Urges Loretta Lynn to Try Pot Again

Loretta Lynn's longtime friend and marijuana advocate Willie Nelson is urging the singer to give pot a second chance.

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Willie Nelson Spoofs Donald Trump, 2016 Election in New Song

Willie Nelson's upcoming album will feature a satirical song that was inspired by Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

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Proof Snoop Dogg Has Serious Country Cred [Watch]

Rapper Snoop Dogg's recent gift to Willie Nelson surprised no one. His adulation of Little Big Town's National Championship performance shocked a few. It's becoming clear that Snoop's flirtation with country music has evolved into a full-blown romance, and Nashville is reciprocating.

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Willie Nelson Shows Off Hilarious Christmas Gift From Snoop Dogg

Willie Nelson was gifted the perfect Christmas present from his friend Snoop Dogg.

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Kacey Musgraves Says Willie Nelson ‘Is Like Father Christmas’ [Watch]

Kacey Musgraves has several special guests on her new holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas. In a video interview, the singer shares how Willie Nelson came to be featured on her song "A Willie Nice Christmas."

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Willie Nelson to Appear in Woody Harrelson’s Experimental Live Film

Willie Nelson will play a role in Woody Harrelson's upcoming film Lost in London, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film, which Harrelson wrote, directed and stars in, will also be the first-ever live cinema project.

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Willie Nelson Announces Concert at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium

Willie Nelson has announced a concert at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium in 2017. The singer will play the venue on Jan. 7, which marks the first time he has performed at War Memorial Auditorium since Oct. 20, 1974.

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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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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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