Willie Nelson

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Legal name: Willie Hugh Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, 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 in the late 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 music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho and Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990, Nelson's assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US$32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk.

Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Ultimate Country Collection Various Artists 1
1992 1992‐10‐16: The Bob Dylan Tribute 1962–1992: Madison Square Gardens, New York City, NY, USA Bob Dylan backed by Booker T. & The MG’s feat. G. E. Smith & Jim Keltner 1
1992 A Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1992 American Roots Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Early '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Late '70s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Mid '70s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1992 Country Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Country for Everybody Various Artists 1
1992 Country Moods Various Artists 1
1992 Rainbow at Midnight Ernest Tubb 1
1992 Waltz Across Texas Ernest Tubb 1
1993 Top Hits U.S.A. T173 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 15 Various Artists 1
1993 30 Years of #1 Hits, Volume 17 Various Artists 1
1993 Voxy Music Various Artists 1
1993 Best of the World Various Artists 1
1993 Christmas Dreaming Various Artists 1
1993 Contemporary Country: The '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1993 Country Holidays Various Artists 1
1993 Country Love Songs Various Artists 1
1993 Country Memories Various Artists 3
1993 Easy-Listening Country: Soft 'N' Sentimental Various Artists 1
1993 Greatest Country Hits of the 90's: 1992 Various Artists 1
1993 Levi’s Hits 3 Various Artists 5 1
1993 Put On Your Green Shoes Various Artists 1
1993 Share the Wonder Various Artists 1
1993 Sweet Dreams, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Sweet Dreams, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Best Christmas... Ever! Various Artists 2
1993 The History of Country Music: The Eighties, Volume One Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Eighties, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Seventies, Volume One Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Seventies, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1993 The Return of Sampler Claus Various Artists 1
1993 The Stars Come Out for Christmas, Volume V Various Artists 1
1993 Those Were the Days, Volume 1: The Country Stars Various Artists 1
1993 Together Forever Various Artists 1
1994 All Time Legends of Country Music Various Artists 1
1994 Duets II Frank Sinatra 4
1994 All Time Country Greats Various Artists 1
1994 Best of Levi's Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Country Super Hits Various Artists 2
1994 Forever Country: The Best of the 80s Various Artists 1
1994 Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard Various Artists 1
1994 Media’s affenstarke Country Hits Various Artists 2
1994 Red Hot + Country Various Artists 1
1994 Remember Your 80's (1980-1984) Various Artists 1
1994 Steve Vaus Presents: Make a Wish for Christmas, Volume II Various Artists 1
1994 Tabaret Various Artists 1
1994 The 101 Greatest Country Hits, Volume 1: Forever Country Various Artists 4
1994 The Best Country Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 2
1994 The Country & Western Hits Various Artists 1
1994 The Greatest Hits Dolly Parton 1
1995 King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller Roger Miller 1
1995 Meilensteine Tom Astor 1
1995 The Best of Christmas Various Artists 1
1995 Country & Western Various Artists 2
1995 Country Ballads Various Artists 1
1995 Country Gold Various Artists 1
1995 Country Gold, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Country Gold, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Country Greats Various Artists 1
1995 Country Legends Various Artists 1
1995 Easy-Listening Country: Best of the 70's Various Artists 1
1995 Hard to Find Bob Dylan 1
1995 Il disco del Mese Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1970-1974 Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1975-1979 Various Artists 1
1995 Only Country 1980-1984 Various Artists 2
1995 That’s Country: Simply the Best of Country Various Artists 1
1995 The Ralph Lauren Songs Across America Collection Various Artists 1
1995 The Spirit of Christmas Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Country, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Country, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 CMJ New Music Monthly, Volume 36: August 1996 Various Artists 1
1996 Portraits Emmylou Harris 1
1996 The Real McCall Darrell McCall 1
1996 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: Country Road Songs Various Artists 1
1996 50 Number One Country Hits Various Artists 1
1996 And the Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1996 Christmas on the Town Various Artists 1
1996 Country Giants, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Country Greats: The Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
1996 Country Stars, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Easy-Listening Country: Best of the 80's Various Artists 1
1996 Easy-Listening Country: On the Road Various Artists 1
1996 Easy-Listening Country: Sentimental Favorites Various Artists 1
1996 John Laws: Country Collection / Keeping the Dream Alive, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Joy to the World! Various Artists 1
1996 Living in America: American Country & Western Supertracks Various Artists 1
1996 Outlaws Super Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Reflections of Love Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Olympics Various Artists 1
1996 Selection of Country Various Artists 1
1996 The Country Collection Various Artists 1
1996 The Very Best of Country, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1997 Burlap & Satin / Real Love (2 LPs on 1 CD) Dolly Parton 1

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