Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson

Born

4/30/1933, Abbott, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Willie Hugh Nelson

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Willie Hugh Nelson
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Biography

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Willie Nelson is a legendary country music artist and song writer. One of his well known hit songs "On the Road Again" has been featured in several movies over the decades. Willie co-founded Farm Aid which helps the farmers, which helps American Farm families. Willie has seen his…more

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  • Trivia

    • In September 2006 Willie was charged with drug possession after marijuana and 'magic' mushrooms were found on his tour bus. Police seized 0.7kg of marijuana and some hallucinogenic mushrooms.
      Update: After facing court in April 2007, Willie was placed on six months probation.

    • The Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Blackout" is dedicated "To Our Friend Willie".

    • Willie was approached by Toby Keith to sing a duet with him. As soon as Willie heard the title he agreed. The song was "Whiskey For My Man, Beer For My Horses".

    • Willie played with a band named Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys during the mid 1950s.

    • Willie attended college for a year but found out it wasn't for him. The college he attended was Baylor University.

    • Willie had the honor of being inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

    • Willie settled down and married Annie D'Angelo on September 16, 1991 and are still married today. They have 2 children together.

    • Willie met and married Connie Koepke in 1971 and stayed married until 1988 they had 3 children together.

    • Willie then married Shirley Collie in 1961 they also divorced in 1971 but had no children together.

    • Willie married Martha Matthews in 1950 and they divorced in 1960. They had 3 children together.

    • Willie did a short time in the Air Force but had to be discharged due to a bad back. Willie would suffer from that even until the present.

    • Willie played for his high school dances and worked at a radio station. After his graduation he became a DJ and the radio station gave him his own show.

    • At 6 years of age Willie got his first guitar. He began to write country songs and was playing in a polka band at the time.

    • Willie and Bobbie were raised by their grandparents because their mother abandoned them and their father had passed away.

    • Willie has a sister named Bobbie Lee who was raised by their grandparents. Both grandparents were church going gospel singers.

    • Willie worked in the cotton fields when he was growing up during The Depression.

    • Many of Willie's friends know him by his nickname which is "Red Headed Stranger".

    • Willie is not limited to movies and TV series. Willie Hosted "Saturday Night Live" in February 21, 1987.

    • Willie also appeared in TV's classic series "Miami Vice". He played the character "Old Texas Ranger".

    • Willie was Executive Producer of the film Red Headed Stranger in 1986.

    • Willie was the executive producer of "Farm Aid 96'.

    • My Cousin Vinny featured Willie's music in 1992. The song was "Funny How Time Slips Away".

    • Willie is in filming production in the movie Angel from Montgomery to be released in 2006.

    • One of Willie's biggest hit's "On the Road Again" was used in many movies such as Forrest Gump, The Big Green, The Big One, Little Boy Blue and Best Defense.

    • In the box office hit Colors from 1998, Willie's song "Bloody Mary Morning" was played.

    • Willie's song "Crazy" was also used in a movie titled The Bride of Chucky in 1998.

    • Willie's hit single "On the Road Again" is played in the 2001 hit movie Shrek.

    • Willie's nickname is ' Red Headed Stranger'.

    • Willie was nominated for an Academy Award in 1981 for the song, "On the Road Again," used in the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose.

    • In addition to being a successful country singer, Willie is also a songwriter and wrote hits for many other singers, including "Crazy" for Patsy Cline and the song "Hello Walls".

    • Willie has 7 children.

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  • Max effort - large audience or small

    10
    In the mid-90s i saw Willie and his band live at a small venue called Floores Country Store in Helotes, TX. They were contracted to play 3 hours: Three 45 minute sets with three 15 minute breaks.



    Guess Willie was about 65 at this came out few minutes early and sang couple songs solo to a packed house of several hundred. Then the rest of the band came out and they did their first 45 minute set.



    When the band took their first break Willie stayed onstage and sang more solos, just him and his guitar. in fact, he was on-stage for over 3 hours, never taking a break.



    I'm seeing he's 80 now and still touring. trying to find out what kind of vitamins this man is takes!moreless
  • An endless talent

    9.5
    Willie Nelson is one of the most versitile performers that there is today. From music to acting, he does it all. And he does it all well. I love his singing and he does it with such conviction and dedication. His acting is the same way. Willie Nelson has been around for a long time and still has not lost his spark.
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