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Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson (pronounced /wɪli nɛlsən /; born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, 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 at the end of the 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. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in

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Willie Nelson -- I Got a Ton of Green for Sale

Willie Nelson
I Got a Ton of Green for Sale

Willie Nelson is unloading a few million dollars worth of green, he's got 20 foot high trees to help sweeten the pot -- and this is NOT about marijuana. TMZ has learned Willie's golf… READ MORE >

Willie Nelson -- Bus Crash 911 Call ... 'I Don't Know How the Driver Made It Out Alive'

Willie Nelson
Bus Crash 911 Call 'I Don't Know How the Driver Made It Out Alive'

Willie Nelson's band members are lucky to be alive ... according to the man who called 911 after their tour bus crashed last week in Texas.As we reported, 3 of Willie's band mates were… READ MORE >

- 148 days ago
Willie Nelson -- Band Members Hospitalized After Tour Bus Crash

Willie Nelson
Band Members Hospitalized After Tour Bus Crash

3 of Willie Nelson's band members were hospitalized this morning after their tour bus crashed in Texas ... and the band's blaming it on an icy road.The band's bus (Willie was in his own ride)… READ MORE >

- 152 days ago
Hollywood Potheads -- It's High Time We Move to Colorado

Hollywood Potheads
It's High Time We Move to Colorado

Snoop Dogg and the Mile High City are destined to be together now that Colorado's voted to legalize weed. Is that a Rocky Mountain exodus we smell? Nope ... it's ganja. Check out TMZ on TV --… READ MORE >

- 532 days ago
Willie Nelson -- All Smiles After Medical Scare

Willie Nelson
All Smiles After Medical Scare

Three days after canceling a performance in Denver after suffering from "breathing problems," music legend Willie Nelson resurfaced looking happy and signing autographs in New Orleans on… READ MORE >

- 609 days ago
Willie Nelson Cancels Concert, Suffering 'Breathing Problems'

Willie Nelson Cancels Concert
Suffering 'Breathing Problems'

Willie Nelson was forced to cancel a fund-raiser appearance in the Denver area Sunday night because he was having trouble breathing and was taken to a local hospital.Nelson was to appear at a… READ MORE >

- 612 days ago
Willie Nelson's Son -- Sorry Officer, No Drugs Here!

Willie Nelson's Son
Sorry Officer, No Drugs Here!

Police in Ohio got a tip that someone on Willie Nelson's son's tour bus was carrying drugs yesterday ... but here's the shocking part -- IT WASN'T WILLIE NELSON'S SON!!!Turns out, Willie's… READ MORE >

- 966 days ago
Pot Prosecutor Wants Mercy for Willie Nelson

Pot Prosecutor
Wants Mercy for Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson's fortunes may have changed dramatically ... the guy who's prosecuting him for pot possession is not going along with the judge who wants to nail the singer ... and Willie could… READ MORE >

- 1020 days ago
Judge Crushes Plea Deal in Willie Nelson Pot Case

Judge Crushes Plea Deal
In Willie Nelson Pot Case

Willie Nelson once again faces a year in jail over marijuana possession charges -- this after the judge in the case REJECTED a plea deal in which the singer would have gotten off with a $500… READ MORE >

- 1022 days ago
Willie Nelson -- $500 Fine In Marijuana Case

Willie Nelson
$500 Fine In Marijuana Case

Willie Nelson can breath easy again in Texas -- TMZ has learned the singer struck a plea deal in his marijuana case ... and will NOT have to do any hard time. Sources close to Willie tell us ...… READ MORE >

- 1052 days ago

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