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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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Kelsea Ballerini Battles Toby Keith and Willie Nelson in the Video Countdown

Kelsea Ballerini takes her career to the next level with her new video for "Legends," but will it be enough to win on the Top 10 Video Countdown?

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Toby Keith, Willie Nelson Make ‘Wacky Tobaccy’ Look Good in New Video

Toby Keith isn't seen smoking the wacky tobaccy in his new music video, but Willie Nelson sure is. Keith's newest party song includes a vid that's every bit as wild as "Red Solo Cup."

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Toby Keith Enlists Willie Nelson for New ‘Wacky Tobaccy’ Collaboration

Toby Keith and Willie Nelson have teamed up for what may very well be the most awesome country music video of 2017 — and we say that without having seen it.

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Willie Nelson Announces Lineup for Farm Aid 2017

Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid concert is back, and the lineup is stacked with top musical talent.

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Willie Nelson on Running for President: ‘I Came Close a Couple Times’

Willie Nelson has been a longtime leader in the world of music, so why not move into the position of leader of the free world?

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Willie Nelson Says Maybe Attorney General Jeff Sessions Should Try Pot

Willie Nelson is a longtime advocate for marijuana, and in a new interview, he has an interesting suggestion for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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‘The Voice': Lauren Duski and Brennley Brown Sing Willie/Waylon Duet [Watch]

Brennley Brown and Lauren Duski teamed up for a fitting duet of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings' " Good Hearted Woman" during The Voice Season 12 Semifinals on Monday night (May 15).

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Chris Stapleton Explains Why He Covered Willie Nelson Classic

Covering a song by a country legend like Willie Nelson is a bold move, but if there's anyone up for the task, it's Chris Stapleton.

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On Brad Pitt’s Past Bucket List: Smoke Weed With Willie Nelson

When you hear the name Willie Nelson, you don't typically picture Brad Pitt next to him, lighting up a joint. But it's something the actor admits he always wanted to happen.

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Willie Nelson Raves Over Jamey Johnson for ‘God’s Problem Child’

Willie Nelson has nothing but praise for Jamey Johnson's contribution to his new album.

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