Willie Nelson

Brief Bio


This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads (“Always On My Mind”), autobiographical road songs (“On the Road Again”) and catchy rhythms (“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”) started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, 1933, in Depression-era Abbot, Texas. After his mother abandoned the family and his father died, he and sister Bobbie Lee were raised by gospel-singing grandparents. Working in the cotton fields, Willie was handed his first guitar at age six and within a short time was writing woeful country songs and playing in polka bands. During his teenage years he played at high school dances and honky-tonks. He also worked for a local radio station and by graduation time he had become a DJ with his own radio show. Briefly serving a stint with the Air Force (discharged because of a bad back, which would plague him throughout his life), he sold his first song called “No Place For Me” while getting by with menial jobs as a janitor and door-to-door Bible salesman. Married in 1952 to a full-blooded Cherokee, he and first wife Martha had two children. He initially came to be known in Nashville for selling his songs to well-established country artists such as Patsy Cline (“Crazy”).


2 thoughts on “Willie Nelson

  1. He has a unique voice & has had a lot of great songs. I love Crazy & Beer for my Horses. He has done great charity work & then there was the unfortunate tax evasion scandal! Looking forward to your new book, Marin!

    • Hi Sharlene–thanks for dropping by the blog and leaving a comment! I first heard Willie Nelson when my dad bought a 45 of Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. You’re right, Willie does a lot of charity work and don’t all big stars have tax evasion problems, lol! Hope your week got off to a great start!

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