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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.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Rock The Kasbah - The Man And The Music Featurette

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‘Jackass’ Star Steve-O Sentenced To Jail Time Over ‘SeaWorld Sucks’ Protest

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Jackass star Steve-O AK.A. Stephen Glover has been sentenced to 30 days in jail on misdemeanour charges filed against him after he conducted an anti-SeaWorld protest in August.

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Kacey Musgraves - Are You Sure ft. Willie Nelson

Kacey Musgraves contemplates life with Willie Nelson in the video for her new song 'Are You Sure'. The song is a hidden track on her US and UK Country chart number one album 'Pageant Material', which she released in June 2015.

Florence + The Machine Scores First U.S. Number 1 Album

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Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at Number One, her first record to reach the summit in the States.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful sold 137,000 copies in its first week on sale to debut at the top spot in the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, Florence is one of the few artists who have managed to top the American and British albums charts at the same time – the ninth act to do so in the 2010s and the first since Ed Sheeran’s X last year.

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Willie Nelson - Unfair Weather Friend [In the Studio] Video

Willie Nelson talks about recording his new song with Merle Haggard, 'Unfair Weather Friend', which features on their collaborative album 'Django And Jimmie'. The video shows a glimpse into the studio with the country legend.

Willie Nelson - Unfair Weather Friend (Audio)

Country music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, have teamed up to release the audio track for their song 'Unfair Weather Friend', with the audio being released online on 11th May 2015 for listening.

Willie Nelson Launching His Own Brand Of Marijuana In Some American States

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Country music legend Willie Nelson has announced more details of his plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana. ‘Willie’s Reserve’, a company formed by Nelson, will sell ‘Willie Weed’ which he intends to be “the best on the market”.

The move makes him one of the few stars to join in the increasing movement to commercialise marijuana, which is legal for medical and recreational use in a handful of American states. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine ahead of Monday’s announcement, the 81 year old singer fleshed out some of his plans.

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Willie Nelson Is Planning His Own Brand Of Weed And Shops Named 'Willie's Reserve'

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Weed enthusiast and country music legend Willie Nelson is planning to launch his own brand of marijuana, as well as a chain of stores across the US in states where pot is legal. The 81 year old’s plans were first announced during his appearance at last week’s South by Southwest festival, but have since been confirmed by the brand’s spokesperson, Michael Bowman, in an interview with the Daily Beast.

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The brand will reportedly be named ‘Willie’s Reserve’ and will be accompanied by a chain of marijuana stores, which are expect to roll out in 2016, in the states where the drug has become legal.

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Snoop Dogg Uses SXSW Keynote Speech To Announce He's Developing Drama For HBO

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Rapper Snoop Dogg has announced he’s developing a new drama series for HBO, alongside director Allen Hughes and writer Rodney Barnes. The 43 year old made the announcement as he delivered the keynote address at this year’s South by Southwest festival on Friday morning.

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According to Deadline, Snoop said the drama would be set in in early 1980s Los Angeles and centers on ‘a family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics.’

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Willie Nelson - Who'll Buy My Memories

Legendary country music singer, Willie Nelson has released a live video for a remastered edition of 'Who'll Buy My Memories' - the first and title track on his 1992 album, 'The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?'.

Angels Sing - Trailer

Christmas is a time for family, although there are those who would argue it is an over-commercialised capitalist holiday. One of these people is Michael Walker (Harry Connick, Jr.) who cannot stand Christmas. When their rent runs out, they are forced to find a new house. Michael stumbles across the perfect family home, with the owner intent on selling the house to a family - as long as they uphold the long-running neighbourhood tradition of putting on a tremendous and bombastic Christmas light display. Michael is faced to live up to the tradition and learn to love Christmas again, all so that he can help his family and bring love and light to the world.

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Willie Nelson - The Party Is Over

A very young - and considerably less hairy! - Willie Nelson performs ‘The Party’s Over’, the 1967 single from the RCA released album 'The Party's Over and Other Great Willie Nelson Songs'. 

Willie Nelson - So Much To Do

Willie Nelson's live performance of his song, 'So Much to Do', was recorded and released for members of the public to see.

Willie Nelson - I Never Cared For You (Live)

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.

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Date of birth

29th April, 1933







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