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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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Shotgun Willie: See Pictures of Willie Nelson Through the Years

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Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs

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Country Music Says ‘Happy Birthday’ to Willie Nelson [Watch]

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson! But don't take it from us. Nearly two dozen country stars gathered to wish the country legend a happy 83rd birthday recently.

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Jamey Johnson Sings ‘It’s All Going to Pot’ With Willie in Memory of Merle

Willie Nelson paid tribute to his late friend Merle Haggard onstage days after he passed away. At a recent tour stop, the Red Headed Stranger performed "It's All Going to Pot" while in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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Top 10 Country Songs About Marijuana

Songs about marijuana have pervaded country music for decades, but it seems now more than ever there is a general acceptance of the use of the drug across the genre.

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Flashback: Willie, Miranda Honor Merle Haggard at Kennedy Center Honors

In 2010, Merle Haggard was recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. It was a career highlight.

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Willie Nelson Remembers His ‘Brother’ Merle Haggard

Willie Nelson paid tribute to his good friend and frequent singing partner Merle Haggard on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

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Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson Join Forces for ‘Lay Me Down’ [Watch]

Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson share the spotlight in a new video for Lynn's powerful "Lay Me Down," a duet with Nelson on her latest album Full Circle.

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Kris Kristofferson’s Songs and ‘Gravitas’ Honored During All-Star Concert in Nashville [Pictures]

There was a great moment during Wednesday night's Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville that found Hank Williams Jr. and Kristofferson enthusiastically hugging one another after the younger artist had just finished singing "If You Don't Like Hank Williams," a Kristofferson-penned song from his Habits Old and New album from 1980.

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Willie Nelson Says 2016 Presidential Campaign Is ‘Funniest Thing’ He’s Seen

The 2016 presidential campaign is heating up, and Willie Nelson recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming election with ABC affiliate KSAT.

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