Shirley Collie Nelson

Shirley Collie Nelson

Born Mar 16, 1931

Shirley Collie Nelson, born Shirley Angelina Simpson, was an American country music and rockabilly singer, yodeler, guitarist and songwriter. From 1963 to 1971, she was the second wife of country star Willie Nelson.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Collie Nelson.


1931 Birth Born on March 16, 1931.


1955 24 Years Old She settled in Corpus Christi and performed locally until the fall of 1955, when the redhead was offered a regular role on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri and signed a recording contract with ABC-Paramount.
1956 25 Years Old In 1956, she released her first singles on the label under her Jubilee stage name, Shirley Caddell, and made a guest appearance on The Eddy Arnold Show.
1957 26 Years Old In 1957, she recorded two singles with Lefty Frizzell on Columbia Records, as well as two solo numbers.
1958 27 Years Old In 1958, she left Springfield to tour with The Philip Morris Country Music Show based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she met the show's manager and emcee, Hiram "Biff" Collie, a country music disc jockey on KFOX-AM in Long Beach, California. … Read More


1961 30 Years Old In 1961, she made her chart debut with the Harlan Howard song “Dime a Dozen,” which rose to No. 25 on the Billboard country chart. … Read More
1963 32 Years Old They married in Las Vegas in 1963. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old The couple co-wrote his 1968 single "Little Things", and she is credited with writing his singles "I Hope So" (1969) and "Once More With Feeling" (1970).


1971 40 Years Old After she discovered Nelson had fathered a daughter with Connie Koepke, who would become his third wife, their marriage fell apart and they divorced in 1971. … Read More


1987 56 Years Old From 1987 - 89, Nelson worked for the state of Missouri with the mentally disabled.


1996 65 Years Old She continued to perform in Branson, Missouri and received a lifetime achievement award from KMBZ in 1996.
2010 79 Years Old Nelson died in Springfield, Missouri on January 27, 2010, aged 78, following a long illness, and was buried at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Springfield. … Read More
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