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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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Going Greek: Country Stars Who Pledged Fraternities and Sororities

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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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Hear Aaron Lewis’ Collaboration With Willie Nelson, ‘Sinner’

In advance of the release of his 'Sinner' album, Aaron Lewis has shared the project's title track, which features Willie Nelson.

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Willie Nelson Plans Ray Price Tribute Album

Willie Nelson has announced his plans for a Ray Price tribute album, 'For the Good Times'.

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No parent should ever have to bury a son or daughter -- and yet, several country stars have had to endure such a grief-filled event.

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Watch Willie Nelson’s Son Lukas Sing a Medley of His Dad’s Songs

For Father's Day, Willie Nelson's son Lukas performed a medley of his father's songs on Facebook.

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