Nelson, Willie

Nelson, Willie
born April 30, 1933, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

U.S. country music singer and songwriter.

His grandfather taught him to play guitar, and by age 10 he was performing at local dances. After working as a disc jockey, in 1961 he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he wrote hit songs for dozens of country, rhythm-and-blues, and pop singers; these songs include "Hello Walls," "Night Life," and "Crazy." Returning to Texas, he released the hit album Red Headed Stranger (1975); it was followed by Wanted: The Outlaws, which outsold every country album that had preceded it, and Stardust (1978), with songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin. He has recorded with at least 75 other singers, including Waylon Jennings (b. 1937). In the 1980s he organized annual Farm Aid festivals to raise money for farmers. His later albums include the critically acclaimed Teatro (1998).

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▪ American musician
born April 30, 1933, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
 American songwriter and guitarist, one of the most popular country music singers of the late 20th century.

      Nelson learned to play guitar from his grandfather and at the age of 10 was performing at local dances. He served in the U.S. Air Force before becoming a disc jockey in Texas, Oregon, and California during the 1950s. He also was performing in public and writing songs then; by 1961 he was based in Nashville, Tenn., and playing bass in Ray Price's band. Price was among the first of dozens of country, rhythm and blues, and popular singers to achieve hit records with Nelson's 1960s tunes, which included the standards “Hello Walls,” “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy.” By contrast, Nelson achieved only modest success as a singer in that decade.

 He moved back to Texas in the 1970s and, beginning with his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger, with its hit song “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” became one of the most popular country music performers. His performances featured a unique sound, of which his relaxed, behind-the-beat singing style and gut-string guitar were the most distinctive elements. Unusual for a country music album, songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, and other mainstream popular songwriters made up his 1978 Stardust, which sold four million copies. The next year he made his film-acting debut in The Electric Horseman; his later films included Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Red Headed Stranger (1987). In the mid-1970s he had produced annual Fourth of July country music festivals in Dripping Springs, Texas; in the 1980s he organized annual Farm Aid festivals to raise money for farmers. Apart from continuing to record country and popular songs on his own, he recorded with at least 75 other singers, most notably Waylon Jennings. In 1990 the Internal Revenue Service, claiming he owed $16.7 million in unpaid taxes, seized his assets; to raise money he recorded the two-CD album The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories (1991).

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