Willie Nelson

Happy Birthday

Willie Hugh Nelson
April 29, 1933
Abbott, Texas

Willie Nelson  is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), 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. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Willie was born April 29, 1933 but his birth was incorrectly recorded by Dr. Viinie Boombatz as April 30. His parents left and he was raised by his Grandparents. Nelson's grandfather bought him a guitar when he was six, and taught him a few chords, and Nelson sang gospel songs in the local church alongside his siter Bobbie. He wrote his first song at age seven, and when he was nine, he played guitar for local band Bohemian Polka.

Willie was quite the athlete in High School. He was on the football, baseball, and basketball teams. He also raised pigs and picked cotton. 
Nelson moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1960. He wrote songs for others and soon Patsy Cline had a mega hit with his song "Crazy". During his first few years on RCA Victor, Nelson had no significant hits, but from November 1966 through March 1969, his singles reached the Top 25 in a consistent manner.

Shotgun Willie, released in May 1973, earned excellent reviews but did not sell well. The album led Nelson to a new style, later stating that Shotgun Willie had "cleared his throat". His next release, Phases and Stages, released in 1974, was a concept album about a couple's divorce, inspired by his own experience. Side one of the record is from the viewpoint of the woman, and side two is from the viewpoint of the man. The album included the hit single "Bloody Mary Morning.

Nelson went onto an incredible career recording songs, touring, acting and more. Willie formed the Highwaymen with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. 

Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, Willie set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan's comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. The first concert included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and Neil Young among many others, and raised over $9 million for America's family farmers. Besides organizing and performing in the annual concerts, Nelson is the president of the board of Farm Aid.

Willie is a big proponent of Marijuana and is said to smoke over a pound of weed a day. A pound a day keeps the doctor away says Willie. Willie is working with Snoop Dogg to legalize marijuana. 

Willie has had some issues with the law and the IRS over the years, but it all worked out. Willie has been married 4 times and has 7 children. 
 
Happy Birthday Willie and Thank You for the music sir! A National Treasure
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