Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson (born 30.4.1933)
Willie Nelson is an American country singer who initially rose to fame in the 1970s but has maintained a career for around 40 years and is considered an icon of American music.

Willie Nelson: Net Worth
In 2012, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Willie Nelson had a net worth of 25 million USD.

Willie Nelson: Childhood
Born in Texas, Willie Nelson was the son of Myrle and Ira Nelson. Ira Nelson was a mechanic and also owned a pool hall. Willie began playing the guitar when he was six years old and wrote his first song at the age of nine.
Whilst he was at high school, Nelson met Bud Fletcher and joined his band, Bohemian Fiddlers. During that time, he also worked as a DJ for a number of local radio stations.
Willie Nelson was briefly a member of the Air Force and studied agriculture at Baylor University for one year. Nelson moved to Washington in 1956 and recorded a version of the Leon Payne song, 'Lumberjack' and sold the song 'Family Bible' for $50 to Claude Gray, for whom it was a huge hit.

Willie Nelson: Musical Career
In 1960, Willie Nelson moved to Nashville. He struggled to obtain a record label contract, although he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music. His song 'Night Life' was covered by Ray Price, as well as by Charles Manson and is reportedly the most covered country song of all time.
Nelson joined Price's band, Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys and wrote a number of their hits, including 'Pretty Paper', which was later covered by Roy Orbison.
In 1965, Willie Nelson signed a contract with RCA Victor Records, home of Elvis Presley and joined the Grand Ole Opry. He started to play his own music, which has influences from country, jazz and folk music.
In the early 1970s, Nelson signed to Atlantic records. In 1973, he released Shotgun Willie. The album was a critical, if not a commercial, success. 1974's Phases and Stages contained songs about his recent divorce, including the track 'Bloody Mary Mornings'.
His next label move was to Columbia Records. Columbia ensured that Willie Nelson had complete creative control over his music and his first album for them was Red Headed Stranger, released in 1975. His cover of Fred Rose's 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain' was Nelson's first number one record. In 1976, he recorded an album with Waylon Jennings, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, named Wanted! The Outlaws.
1978 was a successful year for Nelson. He released two albums, Waylon and Willie and Stardust. Both albums were later awarded platinum selling status, with the latter being produced by Booker T. Jones.
In the 1980s, Willie Nelson formed a country supergroup with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. They named the group The Highwaymen.
In 1985, Nelson founded the Farm Aid charity concerts. Five years later, the IRS seized most of Willie Nelson assets, in order to pay $16.7 million in backdated tax payments. In order to help pay the charges, he released an album entitled The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? All of the money raised from sales of the album went directly to the IRS.
In 1993, Willie Nelson recorded the album Across the Borderline. Amongst the featured guests on the album were Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Paul Simon.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Willie Nelson continued to make critically revered albums such as Tetra, which featured vocals from Emmylou Harris. In 2004, Nelson released Outlaws and Angles, which featured guests such as Carole King, Kid Rock and Al Green.
In 2014, Nelson released the album Band of Brothers. It received good reviews and reached number one on Billboards Top Country Albums, as well as number five on the Billboard 200.
Willie Nelson has appeared in a number of films, the first being 1979's The Electric Horseman. Other highlights of his movie career include starring in Songwriter with Kris Kristofferson in 1984 and Stagecoach in 1986, alongside Johnny Cash. In 2006, he Nelson also appeared in the remake of Dukes of Hazzard.
Willie Nelson has also made a large number of cameo appearances in high profile TV shows and films, including The Simpsons, Miami Vice, Dr. Quinn, and Medicine Woman.

Willie Nelson: Personal Life
Nelson is a staunch campaigner for the legalization of marijuana.
He has been married four times and has eight children.
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24th November 2014 -

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26th September 2014 -

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Willie Nelson recorded a live performance for his 1998 single, 'I Never Cared For You', which featured on the album 'Teatro' in the same year.

SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

17th July 2014 -

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30th April 2014 -

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Willie Nelson’s remarkable life notched up another typically astounding anecdote recently as the country music legend picked up his fifth degree and a black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and...

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8th April 2014 -

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Willie Nelson suffered a fright this week when his stuffed Armadillo, Ol’Dillo was stolen after a Las Vegas concert. Luckily for the country legend, his toy mascot was returned to him on Tuesday morning by...

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3rd April 2014 -

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Willie Nelson's stuffed armadillo has been returned after it was taken from a concert in Las Vegas.Willie Nelson's stuffed armadillo disappeared from a concert in Las Vegas.The 80-year-old country singer allegedly has the stuffed armadillo...

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20th March 2014 -

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Willy Nelson To Publish "Unvarnished, Complete, and Tremendous" Autobiography In 2015

30th October 2013 -

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US singer songwriter Willie Nelson has snapped up a book deal that will allow him to get his autobiography published, reports USA Today. Published by Little, Brown in 2015, the memoir will apparently be and...

Right, Come On: Who Stole the Little Armadillo? Willie Nelson Is After You.

25th September 2013 -

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If you’re the woman who stole Ol' Dillo, or the shady characters that bought it off her in a dark alleyway somewhere in New York, then you’re in trouble, because Willie Nelson is looking for...

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26th August 2013 -

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Rapper Fat Joe has turned himself into Miami Police today (26th August) in order to serve a four month prison sentence. Fat Joe -whose real name is Joseph Cartagena- was sentenced in December for tax...

Tompall Glaser, Country Musician And Studio Owner, Dies Aged 79 After "Long Illness"

14th August 2013 -

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Tompall Glaser, the Nashville country music legend, died yesterday (Tuesday 14th August) at the age of 79. His nephew announced his death and said it was the result of a "long illness".Willie Nelson worked with...

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12th August 2013 -

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Paul McCartney fans at the Outside Lands festival were given a real treat on Friday evening (August 9, 2013) with the Beatles legend performing with the string virtuosos, the Kronos Quartet. The quartet are perhaps...

Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Jail Term: Five Stars With Tax Problems

9th July 2013 -

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Lauryn Hill, the Grammy-winners singer whose only solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains a classic of its generation, has begun a three month prison term for failing to pay taxes of around $1...

Garth Brooks Will Appear At Oklahoma Hurricane Relief Concert

14th June 2013 -

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Garth Brooks has agreed to join the bill for the Oklahoma Benefit Concert, a bill that already includes the likes of fellow country stars Toby Keith and Willie Nelson to name but two. The performance...

Willie Nelson Gunning For A Role InThe Hobbit? Faux-Audition Clip From 'Conan' Goes Viral (Video)

30th April 2013 -

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Willie Nelson may be 80-years-old now, but he recently showed that regardless of his age (or the years he's spend smoking God's lettuce) that he is still as sharp as a knife's edge when it...

What's Your Secret? Willie Nelson Celebrates 80th Birthday, Country Singer Still On The Road

26th April 2013 -

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Next week (either April 29 or April 30, depending on who you listen to), Willie Nelson will celebrate a landmark birthday. The legendary country singer turns 80 but, as an Associated Press article reveals, he...

Willie Nelson - Jingle Bells

10th December 2012 -

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It's one of the first Christmas songs we learn as kids, done country style. Willie Nelson's rendition of the traditional 'Jingle Bells' is a great festive tune and proves that it doesn't matter how old...

Blake Shelton Is The Man Of The Hour At CMA Awards

2nd November 2012 -

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Blake Shelton went home after last nights (Nov 1) Country Music Awards with an impressive three trophies to add to his mantle, taking Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year.Shelton shared...

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12th October 2012 -

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Rapper Nelly is making it crystal clear that he had no idea his bus was carrying heroin when it was searched by Sierra Blanca police in Texas this week. Authorities seized 10 pounds of weed,...

Busted In Sierra Blanca: Nelly Held By Police, Heroin Found In His Tour Bus

12th October 2012 -

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12th October 2012 -

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Nelly’s tour bus was searched at a border patrol in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Heroin was uncovered, alongside a loaded firearm, reports MTV.The rapper was detained on Wednesday night (October, 9 2012) but wasn’t arrested, after...

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11th October 2012 -

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Nelly, the multi-platinum selling rapper with a trademark band-aid on his cheek has had his tour bus raided by police, where they found heroin, a loaded gun and a huge amount of weed, so reports...

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20th September 2012 -

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We're looking forward to seeing what long-winded song title Fiona Apple comes up with when she gets around to writing a song about this one. That's right, the singer songwriter who once held the dubious...

Willie Nelson Living In The Promiseland

9th October 2009 -

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Willie Nelson explores the Auschwitz aftermath and other evocative subjects in the video for his hope-filled 1986 single 'Living in the Promiseland'. The track featured on his album 'The Promiseland'.

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I LOVE MY WILLIE NELSON. IVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIM FOR YEARS. LOVE YOU WILLIE

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