Willie Nelson, songwriter, singer
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Willie Hugh Nelson

Willie Nelson

April 30, 1933, Fort Worth, TX

It seems so impossible that a musician with such a definitive country twang could have such a crossover appeal yet he does. Fans want to put most musicians on a pedestal, but with Willie, you want to pound some beer back with him and listen to him tell a story or two. He is the true every man, your buddy in the back of the bar who has seen it all. Honestly, we can't think of anyone would we rather hear tell stories than Willie, and why not; he has been telling us great stories with his music for fifty years. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Willie Nelson ~ retrieved June 23, 2013 © Not In Hall Of Fame

For more than 40 years Willie Nelson has been playing a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic guitar he named Trigger, after Roy Rogers’ horse. A classical guitar designed with no pick-guard, the famous relic has developed a distinctive gaping hole in the body. "When Trigger goes, I’ll quit," Nelson once said. ~ Rolling Stone: 20 Iconic Guitars, Willie Nelson ~ May 23, 2012 © Rolling Stone

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April 30, 1988 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Aerosmith, Angel ~ #2 (4) Terence Trent D'Arby, Wishing Well ~ #1 (1) Whitney Houston, Where Do Broken Hearts Go


Willie Nelson ~ Inducted in the 1973 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

In 2012 five Willie Nelson albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #471 The Party's Over (1967) ~ #440 Yesterday's Wine (1971) ~ #314 Shotgun Willie (1973) ~ #250 And Then I Wrote (1962) ~ #136 Red Headed Stranger (1975)

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson ~ Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Bruce) ~ Ranked #10 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The best buddy team in country history took the cowboy song tradition of Roy Rogers into the Seventies, with a front-porch charisma that any doctor or lawyer would be lucky to have. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

As a Writer or co-writer

Faron Young ~ Hello Walls (Nelson) ~ Ranked #7 Rolling Stone 40 Saddest Country Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The melody suggests lonesome isolation even if you don't understand a word of English. Hello Walls became a major crossover hit for Young, and established the career of that young writer, Willie Nelson. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone


Before rock & roll gave listeners the Traveling Wilburys, country music spawned the Highwaymen, a supergroup of mythic proportions that featured living legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. ~ Allmusic: Highwaymen ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

The Highwaymen ~ The Road Goes On Forever (1995) ~ #480 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

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