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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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Ben Dorcy, Respected Roadie for Willie Nelson and More, Has Died

Ben Dorcy served as roadie for Willie Nelson, who coined the term "world’s first roadie" for his longtime friend.

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Willie Nelson Heads Up Texas Strong Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Lineup

Willie Nelson will top the bill at an upcoming Texas Strong benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Kacey Musgraves Joins Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson for Classic Medley [Watch]

When Willie Nelson gets the whole family together, you know it's going to be a good time, especially if a country legend and burgeoning legend are there join in on the fun.

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Willie Nelson Stops Concert Due to Breathing Problems

Willie Nelson left the stage with breathing problems on Sunday night (Aug. 14) in Utah. The singer had just begun his set when he abruptly cut the show short.

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Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Embarrasses Himself in Front of Willie Nelson

It happens to the best of us — even Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook. We finally meet one of our idols and botch the whole thing with an embarrassing faux pas or fumbled words. Okay, maybe just him.

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Willie Nelson’s Manager Debunks Latest Internet Death Hoax

Willie Nelson is once again the target of an internet death hoax.

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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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