Willie Nelson


  • born in 1933 in small farming community of Abbott, Texas
  • raised by grandparents who introduced him to gospel music
  • also influenced by the music of African Americans and Mexican Americans of the community
  • released first single in 1957
  • went to Nashville in 1960; wrote hit songs for Ray Price (Night Life) Faron Young (Hello Walls) and Patsy Cline (Crazy)
  • early 1970s played to audiences of "rednecks" and "hippies"
  • has recorded all forms of country music, honky-tonk, standards, gospel, jazz, pop/rock, blues
  • also movie soundtracks, Christmas albums and has sung many duets
  • organized annual Farm Aid concerts to aid the struggling farmers
  • starred in movies such as Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa, Songwriter and others
  • has written many songs which have been recorded by other artists
  • resides in Austin, Texas


Willie Nelson has received many awards and grammies.
Just a few are listed below --
  • Country Music Hall of Fame 1993
  • AMA Favorite Male (country) Artist 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987
  • ACM Single of the Year 1984 To All the Girls I've Loved Before
  • AMA Favorite Album (pop/rock/country) 1983 Always on My Mind
  • AMA Favorite Single (country) 1982 On the Road Again
  • CMA Single of the Year 1982 Always on My Mind
  • Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance (male) 1982 Always on My Mind
  • Grammy for Best Country song 1980 On the Road Again
  • ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year 1979
  • Grammy for Georgia On My Mind 1978
    Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys 1978
    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 1975
  • Songwriter's Hall of Fame 1973


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