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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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Despite Rumors, Willie Nelson’s Publicist Says He’s ‘Perfectly Fine’

Willie Nelson's publicist denies claims that the singer is "deathly ill."

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Gettin’ Lucky: See Photos From the 2017 Luck Reunion

Willie Nelson's Luck Ranch in Luck, Texas, was brimming with artists on Thursday (March 16).

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Willie Nelson Reveals New Song, ‘It Gets Easier’, in Black-and-White Video

Willie Nelson is adding another timeless ballad to his prolific discography.

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Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of April 2017

A readers' poll to determine The Boot's April 2017 Album of the Month.

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Willie Nelson Surprises Crowd at Ray Benson’s Birthday Party [WATCH]

Willie Nelson played a surprise set during Ray Benson's birthday party, held during SXSW 2017, on Tuesday night (March 14).

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37 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Hits No. 1 With ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys’

On March 8, 1980, Willie Nelson's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" soared to the top of the charts, becoming his fifth No. 1 hit.

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27 Years Ago: The Highwaymen Kick Off Concert Tour in Houston

On March 3, 1990, the Highwaymen kicked off their concert tour at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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10 Must-Hear Country Concept Albums [PICTURES]

Country music fans need these 10 concept albums in their collections.

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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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