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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 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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Willie Nelson Alive and Well in Comical ‘Still Not Dead’ Video

Willie Nelson has died time and time again — if you believe everything you read online. The country icon pokes fun at exactly this in a hilarious video for "Still Not Dead."

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TSoul Aims High With Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Mind’ on ‘The Voice’ [Watch]

TSoul added a unique TSoul twist to a Willie Nelson classic on Monday's (April 24) episode of The Voice.

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Willie Nelson Launching Outlaw Music Festival Tour With Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow

Willie Nelson is launching a summer tour that’s as genre-bending as the country icon’s never ending music catalog.

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Chris Stapleton Takes on Willie Nelson’s ‘Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning’ [Listen]

Chris Stapleton does Willie Nelson proud with his take on "Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning."

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13 Country Singers Who’ve Admitted to Smoking Marijuana

Some country stars simply sing about smoking marijuana, while others boldly admit they've tried it, liked it and don't ever plan to give it up. At least one country legend says she toked only once and hated it!

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