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Willie Hugh Nelson (/wɪli nɛlsən/; born April 29, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school, in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

 

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Outlaw Country Christmas
Willie Nelson
Released: 2014
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Shotgun Willie
Willie Nelson
Released: 1987
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Phases And Stages
Willie Nelson
Released: 2005
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Ultimate Collection
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Released: 2014
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Willie Nelson And Friends
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Released: 2014
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Band of Brothers
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Released: 2014
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Red Headed Stranger
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Released: 2014
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To Lefty From Willie
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Released: 2014
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Stardust
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Released: 2014
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The Troublemaker
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Released: 2014
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Willie and Family Live
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Released: 2014
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Wanted! The Outlaws
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Released: 2014
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Don't Think Twice
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Released: 2014
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In Gods Eyes
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Released: 2014
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Early Recordings 2
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Released: 2014
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To All The Girls...
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Released: 2013
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Released: 2013
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The Early Years
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Released: 2009
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Certified Hits
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Released: 2001
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Healing Hands Of Time
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Released: 2005
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The Best Of Willie Nelson
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Released: 1994
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Two Men With The Blues
Willie Nelson
Released: 2008
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20 Country Classics
Willie Nelson
Released: 2011
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American Classic
Willie Nelson
Released: 2009
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Pure Willie
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Released: 2013
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Always On My Mind
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Released: 2013
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Face of a Fighter
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Released: 2013
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Breathless
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Released: 2013
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Live From Austin TX
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Released: 2012
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How Great Thou Art
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Released: 2013
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Farther Along
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Released: 2013
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Travelling, Vol. 3
Willie Nelson
Released: 2013
Travelling, Vol. 1
Willie Nelson
Released: 2013
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Face Of A Fighter
Willie Nelson
Released: 2012
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Heroes
Willie Nelson
Released: 2012
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Ultimate Legends
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Released: 2012
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America's Troubadour
Willie Nelson
Released: 2012
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On the Road Again
Willie Nelson
Released: 2003
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Remember Me, Vol. 1
Willie Nelson
Released: 2011
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Country Music
Willie Nelson
Released: 2011
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Souvenirs
Willie Nelson
Released: 2011
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The Demos
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Released: 2011
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On The Road Again
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Lost Highway
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Released: 2009
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Outlaws And Angels
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Released: 2009
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Naked Willie
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Released: 2009
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Things To Remember
Willie Nelson
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A Box Of Willie
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Hesitation Blues
Willie Nelson
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Songwriter: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Released: 2008
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American Legend, Volume 4
Willie Nelson
Released: 2008
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American Legend, Volume 3
Willie Nelson
Released: 2008
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Yesterday's Wine
Willie Nelson
Released: 2003
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Things to Remember
Willie Nelson
Released: 2008
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Both Sides Now
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Released: 2008
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Good Times
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Released: 2008
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Texas In My Soul
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Released: 2008
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The Willie Way
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Released: 2008
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Live Country Music Concert
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Released: 2008
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Laying My Burdens Down
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Released: 2008
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My Own Peculiar Way
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Released: 2008
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Willie Nelson And Family
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Released: 2008
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The Party's Over
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Released: 2008
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One Hell Of A Ride
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Released: 2008
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Moment Of Forever
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Released: 2008
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A Horse Called Music
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Released: 2008
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A Horse Called Music
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Released: 2008
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Just One Love
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Released: 2007
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One Step Beyond
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Released: 2006
Songbird
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Released: 2006
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Songbird (Album Version)
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Released: 2006
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Countryman
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Released: 2005
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It Always Will Be
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Released: 2004
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The Troublemaker
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Released: 2004
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America's Troubador
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Released: 2004
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Tougher Than Leather
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Released: 2003
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