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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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31 Years Ago: First Farm Aid Held in Champaign, Ill.

On Sept. 22, 1985, the very first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Ill.

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Country Stars Sound Off About the 2016 Presidential Election

As November nears, a number of country singers have been making their thoughts on the presidential election known.

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10 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession

Sept. 18, 2006, might be a day that Willie Nelson would just as soon forget.

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Willie Nelson Hangs With (Super) Troopers in Boston [WATCH]

The cast of 'Super Troopers 2' hung out with Willie Nelson in Boston.

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All-Star ‘Forever Country’ Single, Music Video to Celebrate Country Music’s History

On Sept. 16, the Country Music Association will release "Forever Country," a new single featuring 30 of the biggest names in country music.

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Country Stars Who Have Played Football

A photo gallery of country artists who have played football.

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37 Years Ago: Willie Nelson and Leon Russell Share No. 1 Spot With ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Remake

On Sept. 1, 1979, Leon Russell and Willie Nelson both had one very good reason to celebrate.

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Going Greek: Country Stars Who Pledged Fraternities and Sororities

Did you know these country stars are former fraternity and sorority members?

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2016 ACL Hall of Fame Announces Presenters

Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Mavis Staples are all set to honor this year's inductees into the ACL Hall of Fame.

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Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of September 2016

A readers' poll to determine September 2016's Album of the Month.

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