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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 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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Stars Who’ve Suffered Unthinkable Tragedies

It may seem like it's always glitz and glam for country music's biggest stars, but they didn't all come by their storytelling ability naturally. Sadly, many singers have encountered great tragedies in their lives, or have overcome sharp odds to get where they are today.

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Rayvon Owen Performs Surprising Willie Nelson ‘Always on My Mind’ Cover on ‘American Idol’

Rayvon Owen took on a country classic on Wednesday night's (April 15) episode of American Idol. Although the choice was unexpected, Owen performed an incredible rendition of "Always on My Mind."

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Willie Nelson’s Brother Dies

Willie Nelson's brother, Ira Doyle Nelson Jr., has died. The country legend says it happened on Wednesday (April 15). He was 77 years old.

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Scariest Tour Bus Accidents Involving Country Artists [Pictures]

Country singers spend a lot of time on their home away from home: the tour bus. With that much time on the road, they're bound to encounter a few accidents, but some have been pretty scary.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Rayvon Owen’s Willie Nelson Cover Is Unexpected

This week on American Idol, contestant Rayvon Owen will take on a Willie Nelson classic. Mentor Scott Borchetta says the choice was unexpected.

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Willie Nelson Is the Victim of a Death Hoax

Country legend Willie Nelson is the victim of a death hoax, which first circulated by false sources earlier this year but popped up again over the weekend.

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Willie Nelson Books Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves for 4th of July Picnic Concert

Willie Nelson is hosting his 4th of July picnic in Austin this year, and he's bringing in some top talent for the special occasion. Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and a host of other stars will join Nelson during the special celebration.

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