Why Famous: An American country music singer and songwriter, Willie Nelson is also an author, poet, actor, and activist.
The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with commercial successes 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 in reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound.
Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
- 1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas
- 1991-09-16 Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee
- 1979-10-08 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins
- 1982-10-11 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg
- 1985-09-22 First Farm Aid concert held, organised by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp
- 1992-02-02 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)