Willie Nelson

Country Singer and Songwriter Willie Nelson
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Profession: Country Singer and Songwriter

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Prior to his success as a recording artist, he gained notice in music circles for his songwriting, penning the hits "Hello Walls", "Funny How Time Slips Away" , "Pretty Paper", and, most famously, "Crazy".

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.
He was one of the organizers of Farm Aid, an all-star benefit concert for American farmers in 1985. The event has been held annually since, with Nelson participating in all of them.

Born: April 29, 1933
Birthplace: Abbott, Texas, USA
Age: 90 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1963-01-12 Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas; divorce in 1971
  • 1991-09-16 American country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson (58) weds fourth wife American make-up artist Annie D'Angelo (35) in Nashville, Tennessee

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