Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Entertainer and Songwriter
Born Apr 30, 1933

Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Willie Nelson.


1933 Birth Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933, during the Great Depression, to Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) and Ira Doyle Nelson. … Read More


1950 17 Years Old …  After leaving school, in 1950, he joined the United States Air Force for eight to nine months. … Read More
1952 19 Years Old Willie Nelson has married four times and fathered seven children. His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962. … Read More


1955 - 1958 3 More Events
1960 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He sold "Family Bible" to Buskirk for and "Night Life" for. "Family Bible" turned into a hit for Claude Gray in 1960.
1961 28 Years Old Nelson signed with Liberty Records and was recording by August 1961 at Quonset Hut Studio. … Read More
1962 29 Years Old Nelson's tenure at Liberty yielded his first album entitled And Then I Wrote, released in September 1962.


1963 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963 Collie and Nelson were married in Las Vegas. … Read More
1964 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Fred Foster of Monument Records signed Nelson in early 1964, but only one single was released: "I Never Cared For You".
1965 - 1966 2 More Events
1970 37 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1970, most of his songwriting royalties were invested in tours that did not produce significant profits.
1971 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1971 his single "I'm a Memory" reached the top 30.


1973 - 1978 5 More Events
1979 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Nelson's acting debut was in the 1979 film, The Electric Horseman, followed by appearances in Honeysuckle Rose, Thief, and Barbarosa.
During the 1980s, Nelson recorded a series of hit singles including "Midnight Rider", a 1980 cover of the Allman Brothers song which Nelson recorded for The Electric Horseman, the soundtrack "On the Road Again" from the movie Honeysuckle Rose, and a duet with Julio Iglesias titled "To All the Girls I've Loved Before". … Read More
1982 49 Years Old He played the role of Red Loon in Coming Out of the Ice in 1982 and starred in Songwriter two years later.


1984 51 Years Old …  Meanwhile, he became more involved with charity work, such as singing on We are the World in 1984.
1986 53 Years Old 1 More Event
He portrayed the lead role in the 1986 film version of his album Red Headed Stranger.
1988 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988 his first book, Willie: An Autobiography, was published. … Read More
1991 58 Years Old …  In 1991, during his process with the IRS, Nelson was worried that Trigger could be auctioned off, stating: "When Trigger goes, I'll quit". … Read More


1993 - 2001 2 More Events
2004 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Nelson supported Dennis Kucinich's campaign in the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries. … Read More
2005 72 Years Old In 2005, Nelson and several other business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel ("Bio-Willie"), a company that is marketing bio-diesel bio-fuel to truck stops. … Read More
2006 73 Years Old 1 More Event
A supporter of the LGBT movement, Nelson published in 2006 through iTunes a version of Ned Sublette's "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other", that met instant success.
2008 75 Years Old 1 More Event
The single was certified platinum; while the album was certified quadruple-platinum, and later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
In 2010, during an interview with Larry King, Nelson expressed his doubts with regards to the attacks and the official story. … Read More
2011 - 2013 3 More Events
His following release was Band of Brothers, in 2014, the first Nelson album to feature the most newly self-penned songs since 1996's Spirit. … Read More
In June 2015, his collaboration with Haggard Django and Jimmie topped Billboard's Top Country albums chart and reached number seven on the Billboard 200.
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