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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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‘Forever Country’ Makes History

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Oops! Virginia Governor Unknowingly Poses for Photo With Willie Nelson’s Weed

When Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe stopped by Willie Nelson's bus for a chat over the weekend, he had no idea that their visit would become viral.

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Country All-Stars Unite for Epic ‘Forever Country’ Video

Some of the biggest and most important acts in country music history joined together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards in 2016, filming a spectacular video for "Forever Country."

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Willie Nelson Gets a Visit From Some ‘Super Troopers’

Willie Nelson got a visit earlier this week from some police officers, but it's not for the reason you may suspect.

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Country Singers Who Have Lost Children

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Willie Nelson to Release Ray Price Tribute Album

Willie Nelson is paying tribute to his late friend, Ray Price, in the form of a new album. Nelson will release For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, on Sept. 16.

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Willie Nelson Plans Shows to Launch His Weed Line

Willie Nelson has never been shy about his support for the legalization of marijuana. Now with some states starting to legalize the drug, Nelson has decided to launch his own brand of cannabis, Willie's Reserve, which will be available in Washington and Colorado.

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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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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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Need a Job? Willie Nelson’s Pot Company Is Hiring

Willie Nelson is hiring — well, his pot company, Willie's Reserve, is.

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