Willie Hugh Nelson , artistically known as Willie Nelson is an American country music composer, lyricist, singer and guitarist, who became famous as a representative of the so-called outlaw country movement and also a bit of reggae in English during the 70s. 

Paula Nelson, her daughter also followed the path of her father to sing country music. Her duet with Willie was one of the most memorable performance.

He was born in Abbott , Texas, April 30, 1933.

 

Family Life and Beginning of Willie Nelson

 

After the divorce of his parents, Willie and his sister Bobbie were educated by their grandparents. Soon they became interested in music, and they formed a group, the Bohemian Fiddlers, while Willie was still studying at the institute. 

After finishing his studies, he joined the Air Force, but had to leave because of back problems. He attended classes for a year at Baylor University, but dropped out and found work playing country music at a Fort Worth station, while singing in honky-tonk bars. 

In 1956 he moved to Vancouver, in the state of Washington, where he began his musical career recording the song Lumberjack, composed by Leon Payne. The single was a bestseller, but Nelson failed to start a solid musical career, and continued to work in radio and singing in clubs. 

 

Willie Nelson's Musical Career

 

He signed for Liberty Records in 1961 and edited several singles, including Willingly (with his wife, Shirley Collie) and Touch Me

He later signed for Columbia Records, where he was given full creative control over his work. The result was an immensely popular and critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger(1975). Although Columbia initially put difficulties in editing a record with a guitar and piano for all accompaniment, Nelson insisted (with the help of Waylon Jennings) and the album was a great success, partly because of the inclusion in it of a popular version of the theme Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (composed by Fred Rose in 1945). 

In 1978 Nelson recorded two new albums that would also be platinum records: Waylon and Willie (a collaboration with Jennings and Stardust, an unusual record of standards or classics played on guitar, produced by Booker T. Jones. Although most critics predicted that Stardust would end his musical career, it ended up being one of his most successful recordings. 

Nelson also began a career as an actor. He appeared in The Electric Rider (1979), and was the protagonist of several productions, such as Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Barbarosa (1982), Red-Headed Stranger (1986, with Morgan Fairchild), Wag the Dog (1997), Gone Fishin (1997), in the role of Billy 'Catch' Pooler, and the 1986 telefilm Stagecoach (along with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, with whom he would form a group called The Highwaymen). 

In 2004 he recorded a song by Bob Dylan, He Was a Friend of Mine, for the BSO of the multi-award-winning film Brokeback Mountain; this recording has to be taken as very bold because of its gay connotations, since by context, the "friendship» "described in the lyrics adopts the homosexual love component of the film. 

In 2010, Nelson published Country Music , a classic album produced by T-Bone Burnett that reached number four on the country record list and twenty in Billboard 200.

In addition, she was nominated for best American album in the 53rd installment of the Grammy Awards. In 2011, he participated in the Kokua for Japan concert, a tribute concert to the victims of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami that raised $ 1.6 million. 

Nelson's first album for Legacy was Heroes , which included the collaboration of his son Lukas, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver and Sheryl Crow. The album reached fourth place in the Top Country Albums list. 

His next job wasTo All the Girls ... , a collection of duets with female singers such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. 

The album entered position two of the Top Country Albums list, which marked its best record since the 1989 release of A Horse Called Music. 

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