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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 -- How I'm Spending My 4/20 ...

Willie Nelson
How I'm Spending My 4/20

4/20 is an unofficial holiday for pot-smokers across the globe ... but this year, Willie Nelson tells us he's making a MAJOR change to his celebration because of health issues. Don't worry, it's… READ MORE >

Willie Nelson Pot Case -- Let Him Sing for His Freedom

Willie Nelson Pot Case
Let Him Sing for His Freedom

Willie Nelson​’s pot possession case could end on a high note -- because the singer may get off with little more than a small fine ... if he agrees to SING IN COURT.Nelson was charged… READ MORE >

- 1273 days ago
Willie Nelson's Lawyer -- Expert Weed Defender

Willie Nelson's Lawyer
Expert Weed Defender

They say marijuana affects your memory -- but Willie Nelson seems to remember the lawyer who got him off a weed charge 16 years ago ... because the singer just hired him for his new pot… READ MORE >

- 1384 days ago
Snoop -- Who the Heck Would Arrest Willie Nelson?

Snoop
Who the Heck Would Arrest Willie Nelson?

Snoop Dogg was fired up Saturday night when we asked him what he thought about Willie Nelson​ getting arrested on marijuana charges. Warning: We used "heck" in the headline, but Snoop used a… READ MORE >

- 1385 days ago
Celebrity Shnozzes -- Is Bigger Better?

Celebrity Shnozzes
Is Bigger Better?

We did a little rhinoplasty on some of the biggest names in Hollywood -- but sometimes the original is best. Click through the pics and decide -- work ... or no work? READ MORE >

- 1388 days ago
Willie Nelson Charged With Pot Possession

Willie Nelson
Charged With Pot Possession

Willie Nelson has been charged with the unthinkable -- misdemeanor marijuana possession ... TMZ has learned. Nelson was busted last week after cops found pot on the singer's tour bus at a border… READ MORE >

- 1388 days ago
TMZ Live: Oksana, Willie Nelson, and Leslie Nielsen

TMZ Live:
Oksana, Willie Nelson, and Leslie Nielsen

We took your questions on everything today -- including Oksana Grigorieva's emails to Mel Gibson, Willie Nelson busted for weed, and Leslie Nielsen's death.Plus: James Franco and Anne Hathaway… READ MORE >

- 1392 days ago
Willie Nelson's Mug Shot

Willie Nelson's
Mug Shot

TMZ has obtained Willie Nelson's mug shot, taken the day he was arrested in Texas for marijuana possession.Clearly he's had better days. READ MORE >

- 1392 days ago
Willie Nelson -- High Stakes in Weed Arrest

Willie Nelson
High Stakes in Weed Arrest

It may sound like a joke -- Willie Nelson getting busted for pot -- but the music legend could face some serious jail time ... and a pro pot group thinks they have a way to keep Willie out of the… READ MORE >

- 1393 days ago
Willie Nelson Busted for Pot

Willie Nelson
Busted for Pot

Music legend Willie Nelson was arrested this morning for allegedly possessing six ounces of marijuana.Nelson was busted at 9:00 AM at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, TX. Nelson was in… READ MORE >

- 1395 days ago

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