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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 Makes Surprise Appearance at SXSW 2017 [Watch]

Music fans who skipped out on Ray Benson's birthday party on Tuesday (March 14) during SXSW are now kicking themselves for missing a surprise appearance from Willie Nelson.

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Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert + More Team Up for Merle Haggard Tribute

As the country community nears the anniversary of Merle Haggard’s death, some of the genre’s biggest stars are gathering together to celebrate his life and art with a massive tribute concert.

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Lip-Syncing Couple Salute Country Songs + More in Viral Valentine Video [Watch]

This couple went all out to channel some of the greatest love songs of all time, right down to Dolly Parton’s wig. In honor of Valentine’s Day, a video-making duo named Kristin and Danny released a lip-sync medley that would put any late night host to shame.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Two More Concerts Due to Illness

Well wishes are in order for Willie Nelson, who has canceled two additional concerts scheduled in February due to an undisclosed illness.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Three Shows in Bakersfield, Calif.

Willie Nelson was forced to cancel a string of shows (Feb. 6-8) at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif., due to an undisclosed illness.

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Remember When Willie Nelson Starred in a Super Bowl Commercial?

He's one of the most legendary artists in country music history, but Willie Nelson still doesn't take himself too seriously.

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Remember When Willie Nelson Settled His Tax Bill?

On Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson settled his $16.7 million tax bill with the IRS, in one of the most high-profile tax cases in music history.

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Willie Nelson Reveals Details for New Album, ‘God’s Problem Child’

Willie Nelson has revealed the cover art, track listing and release date for his next studio album, God's Problem Child.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Vegas Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson has some disappointed fans in Sin City. The country music legend has canceled two upcoming performances in Las Vegas due to an undisclosed illness.

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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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