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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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Country Stars Who Have Played Football

A photo gallery of country artists who have played football.

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Watch Willie Nelson Perform George and Ira Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’

Willie Nelson has released a video of himself performing George and Ira Gershwin's "Summertime," the title track of his upcoming tribute album.

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Vote for the Most Anticipated Album of February 2016

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

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‘Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin’ Set for Release in February

Willie Nelson is set to release a new collection of songs penned by George and Ira Gershwin. The album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, features well-known hits by the legendary duo, as well as two duets.

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

Twenty-six years ago today, on Jan. 9, 1990, Willie Nelson's Stardust album was certified quadruple platinum, for sales in excess of 4 million units.

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Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties and tree-trimming is probably keeping you busy. But you can't have the holidays without music!

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Willie Nelson to Headline 2016 Luck Banquet

Willie Nelson fans are in luck -- pun intended. They are invited to the singer's ranch in Luck, Texas, for his 2016 Luck Banquet, which takes place yearly during the annual SXSW festival.

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Watch Willie Nelson Sing ‘Imagine’ at John Lennon’s 75th Birthday Concert

In early December, a plethora of musical stars gathered in New York City to celebrate John Lennon, for what would have been the musical icon’s 75th birthday. On Saturday night (Dec. 19), the concert aired on AMC, including a performance of "Imagine" by none other than Willie Nelson.

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36 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes Film Debut With ‘The Electric Horseman’

Thirty-six years ago today (Dec. 21, 1979) was a career-changing day for Willie Nelson. It was on this day that the singer-songwriter made his film debut in The Electric Horseman, opposite Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

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

Talk about an anniversary to remember: Thirty-one years ago today (Dec. 6, 1984), four of country music's reigning superstars -- Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -- convened together to record "Highwayman," a single that sparked an entire album, their name as a quartet and more than a decade of performing together.

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