Willie Nelson

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Willie Hugh Nelson
  • Birth Place: Abbott, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/30/1933, Taurus
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; musician; producer; actor; author; entrepreneur
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Willie Nelson Fast Facts:
  • Was raised by his paternal grandparents during the Great Depression; his grandfather bought him his first guitar when he was 9 and taught him to play.
  • Got his first paying job as a musician when he was in sixth grade and was invited to join the polka group John Raycheck Band, which performed at local bars and fairs.
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force for nine months after high school until a back injury resulted in him being honorably discharged.
  • Was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973.
  • Was named Entertainer of the Year in 1979 by the Country Music Association.
  • Organized the first Farm Aid benefit concert in 1985.
  • The IRS seized all his possessions in 1991 for nonpayment of $16.7 million in back taxes; he has since settled the debt.
  • Was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Cofounded Willie Nelson's Biodeisel, which markets truck fuel made from vegetable oil.
  • Has cowritten several books, including Willie: An Autobiography with Bud Shrake, and The Tao of Willie with Turk Pipkin.
  • Willie Nelson Relationships:
  • Ira Nelson - Father
  • Bobbie Nelson - Sister
  • Amy Nelson - Daughter
  • Susie - Daughter
  • Billy - Son
  • Annie Nelson - Wife
  • Connie Koepke - Ex-wife
  • Lukas Nelson - Son
  • Myrle Nelson - Mother
  • Paula Carlene Nelson - Daughter
  • Jacob Nelson - Son
  • Lana Nelson - Daughter
  • Martha Matthews - Ex-wife
  • Shirley Collie - Ex-wife
  • Willie Nelson Awards:
  • 1982 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1975 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1978 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2014 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Nominee
  • 2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video Collaboration of the Year - Winner
  • 2008 CMT Music Awards: Wide Open Country Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 1980 Grammy: Best Country Song - Winner
  • 1978 Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 1980 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Baylor University, Waco, TX

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