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Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas, and, along with his older sister Bobbie, was raised largely by his grandparents. Nelson’s grandfather introduced him to the guitar, and Nelson and his sister began performing all over Texas while they were still children. Following his graduation from high school, Nelson briefly joined the U.S. Air Force before enrolling in Baylor University to study agriculture, though he ultimately dropped out to pursue his music career. The future country icon got his start by working as a disc jockey and released his first album, ‘No Place for Me’, in 1936. As of 2015, Nelson has released more than 150 albums and earned over 25 No. 1 singles, including “On the Road Again,” “Blue Skies” and “Always on My Mind.” In addition to writing most of his own songs, Nelson has also penned hits for other artists, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away” by Billy Walker, among others. Nelson has enjoyed a successful career as an actor as well, appearing in films such as ‘The Electric Horseman’, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ and ‘Blonde Ambition’. He is also an outspoken advocate for the legalization of marijuana and has been arrested numerous times for possession of the drug. In 1990, Nelson’s assets were seized by the IRS, due to millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Three years later, the artist paid the debt in full, thanks in part to the release of his double-album, ‘The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?’, and his decision to sell many of his possessions. Nelson has seven children and lives in Maui, Hawaii.

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30 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ Film Premieres

On Feb. 19, 1987, Willie Nelson's movie 'Red Headed Stranger' premiered in Austin, Texas.

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Willie Nelson Reveals Music Video for ‘A Woman’s Love’

Willie Nelson has released a music video for "A Woman's Love," one of the songs from his forthcoming album, 'God's Problem Child'.

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Willie Nelson Earns Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at 2017 Grammys

'Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin' won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Concerts in Arizona, New Mexico

Willie Nelson has canceled two more upcoming concerts, scheduled to take place in Arizona and New Mexico.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Three More Concerts Due to Illness

Willie Nelson has canceled three more concerts, in Bakersfield, Calif., due to illness.

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Top 10 Country Grammy Awards Moments

The Boot counts down the best country moments at the Grammy Awards.

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Country Stars Who Have Played Football [PICTURES]

A photo gallery of country artists who have played football.

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Willie Nelson Announces New Album, ‘God’s Problem Child’

Willie Nelson will release a brand-new album, 'God's Problem Child', in April.

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Willie Nelson Cancels Two Las Vegas Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson has canceled two upcoming concerts in Las Vegas due to illness.

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Willie Nelson Shares Details for 2017 Luck Reunion

Willie Nelson will bring the Luck Reunion back to his ranch in Luck, Texas, on March 16, 2017.

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