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

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Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt to Headline Star-Studded Harvey Relief Fundraiser in Austin

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Top 10 Country Songs About Texas

A list of country music's best songs about Texas.

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Willie Nelson Cuts Set Short Due to Breathing Problems, ‘Feeling Better Now’

Willie Nelson was forced to cut a show in Salt Lake City, Utah, short on Aug. 13 due to breathing issues. Moving to lower altitude helped him feel better.

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29 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust’ Spends 10 Years on the Billboard Charts

On Aug. 13, 1988, Willie Nelson set a new record in country music.

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Top 10 Country Songs of the ’70s

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