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 2020, Nelson has released more than 160 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. In recent years, Nelson has canceled or cut short a handful of concerts due to health issues; however, he continues to play shows and release albums, including 2020's 'First Rose of Spring.' Nelson has seven children, including singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, and lives in Maui, Hawaii.
Willie Nelson Signs on for Docuseries About His Life
The multi-part docuseries aims to tells the definitive story of Nelson's extensive career as a country music legend.
Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Returns to In-Person Format in 2021
Neil Young, Margo Price, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, among others, will all perform.
Craig Morgan + More Country Artists Who Have Lost Children
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.
LISTEN: Barbra Streisand Pulls Willie Nelson Duet From Vault
"I'd Want It to Be You" dates back to the mid-2010s.
Happy Father's Day to These Sweet Country Star Dads! [PICTURES]
Dads are the best: They'll take you fishing, teach you important life lessons ... and occasionally act pretty goofy.
All the Country Stars Who Have Received Kennedy Center Honors
Twelve country artists have received Kennedy Center Honors over the years.
Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival Tour Will Resume in 2021
Willie and friends will be "on the road again" beginning in late August.