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Willie Nelson 2015 John Lennon tribute concert

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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27 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust’ Is Certified Quadruple Platinum

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Willie Nelson & Family Book Show at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium

Willie Nelson & Family will perform at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium in early 2017.

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32 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson Record ‘Highwayman’

Talk about an anniversary to remember!

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