American icon, singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, entertainer, Willie Hugh Nelson was born at Abbott, Texas on April 30, 1933. As a pre-teen he was writing songs and playing in a band leading to his working as a disc jockey while attending high school.
Living in Nashville in the early 1960’s his talent as a songwriter gained attention when hits “Funny How Times Slips Away,” “Night Life,” “Hello Walls,” “Pretty Paper” and “Crazy” gave Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Roy Orbison and others big hits and Willie an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Moving back to Texas his popularity as a singer soared with the release of the album, “Red Headed Stranger” and Willie’s first #1 hit, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” Collaborating with Waylon Jennings in the 1970’s brought the platinum selling album “Waylon and Willie” with “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Good Hearted Woman.”
Hit Parade toppers, “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Blue Skies,” “On the Road Again, “Always on My Mind,” “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before,” “City of New Orleans,” “Seven Spanish Angels” are among the more than 100 visits to the country and pop Hit Parade for Willie Nelson.
With numerous Grammy awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, Entertainer of the Year in1979 and several American Music Awards, Willie continues to record, tour and perform to sold out audiences.
Willie Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.
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