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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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Jimmy Carter, Wife Rosalynn Join Willie Nelson Onstage for ‘Amazing Grace’ [WATCH]

Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were onstage at a recent Willie Nelson concert to help sing "Amazing Grace."

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ACL Hall of Fame Ceremony and Festival Performers Announced

The lineup for the 2016 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Inductions & Celebration ceremony has been announced, featuring some of country music's biggest names.

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Willie Nelson Announces Annual Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson has shared plans for the 2016 iteration of his annual Fourth of July Picnic.

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Willie Nelson Through the Years [PICTURES]

A gallery of photos of country legend Willie Nelson.

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2016 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for the Living Legend Award

A readers' poll to determine the 2016 Golden Boot Awards Living Legend Award recipient.

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Video Shootout: Home Free vs. Josh Kelley vs. Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson

Home Free, Josh Kelley and Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson compete in The Boot's Video Shootout.

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34 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Mind’ Hits No. 1

On May 8, 1982, Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" hit No. 1 on the charts.

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Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton and More Set for 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival

A number of country artists are among the acts lined up for the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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41 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Releases ‘Red Headed Stranger’

The Boot looks back at Willie Nelson's 'Red Headed Stranger' album, released in May of 1975.

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Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs

A list of the top 10 songs by country music artist Willie Nelson.

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