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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The rapper made the sensational claim on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
A very open culture of pot-smoking has developed since medical marijuana was legalised in California, and there's a few celebrities who make up a lot of that culture. There's a what has recently been dubbed a 'Mount Rushmore' of pot-smokers, on which sits the face of Snoop Dogg and the only man to ever out-smoke him.
Snoop Dogg at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
When Seth Rogen appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' talking about smoking weed with college kids, Jimmy Kimmel came up with his ultimate Mount Rushmore of Pot Smokers featuring Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, and Seth Rogen himself who has taken over from Cheech & Chong in his eyes.
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He brings the festival across the States in the third ever event.
Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Sturgill Simpson and others are set to join Willie Nelson on his third travelling Outlaw Music Festival this summer, performing across the US in nine different cities and seven different states. Tickets are set to go on sale this weekend.
Alison Krauss at the Grammy Awards
It's set to be another exciting year for the Willie Nelson and Blackbird Presents Outlaw Music Festival presented by Southern Comfort. Now in its third edition, the show will bring over a dozen folk and country artists across country for a nine-date tour, kicking off in North Carolina.
He struggled to get through his Salt Lake City show at the weekend.
Altitude sickness is really no joke. Willie Nelson has recently had to spend a short time in hospital after some respiratory problems forced him to leave the stage early during his performance in Utah over the weekend. Thankfully, he has made a full recovery and will be able to continue his tour.
Willie Nelson performing live
The 84-year-old country star was not feeling his best on Sunday night (August 13th 2017) while he was performing at Salt Lake City's high-altitude USANA Amphitheater. He ended up having to have a short break due to some breathing problems, but it soon became clear that it was not possible to continue his set until the end.
Continue reading: Willie Nelson Recovers After Altitude Sickness Forced Him Off Stage
In 2002, Woody Harrelson was arrested by police in London following a chase after an unknown mishap in a taxi. He was later released on bail and wound up paying the taxi driver £550, after which the case was dismissed. While it was not his first run in with the law, it was still a bizarre and wild moment for the 'True Detective' star, who decided to use inspiration from this 'funny' moment of his life for an original movie.
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Country musician Willie Nelson seen at the ABC studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 18th October 2016
'Rock The Kasbah' screenwriter Mitch Glazer introduces himself as a reporter for Crawdaddy! magazine (which he ran in the late 1970s) as he prepares to interview Bill Murray in character on the movie's set in Kabul, Afghanistan. Murray hilariously embodies the spirit of the music industry's fictional top manager; an unstable character who finds himself going off the rails despite making some of music's most iconic decisions from Slash's top hat to Madonna's stage moniker.
Steve-O has been sentenced to jail time over his August protest against SeaWorld.
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.
Steve-O photographed at Gatwick Airport in February 2015.
'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' is Number 1 in the UK and the States at the same time, only the ninth album this decade to do so.
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.
Florence Welch is celebrating being Number 1 in the US and the UK at the same time
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'Willie Weed' will be sold by Nelson's new company 'Willie's Reserve', but only in the handful of American states that allow recreational use of the drug.
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.
Willie Nelson at the Grammy Awards in 2015
The 81 year old is well known for his marijuana passion.
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.
Willie Nelson is turing his love of pot into a business
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.
The ‘Peaches and Cream’ rapper delivered the festival’s keynote speech on Friday morning.
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.
Snoop Dogg is developing a drama series for HBO
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.’
Willie Nelson Tuesday 20th November 2012
Willie Nelson Saturday 20th September 2008 performs during Farm Aid 2008 at the Comcast Center Mansfield, Massachusetts
Date of birth
29th April, 1933
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