Knowledge Identifier: +Willie_Nelson
Born in 1933.
Countries: United States (73%), Texas (8%), (7%)
Linked to: Abbott High School, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Facebook, Food Network
After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas
Roger Miller - He later started a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the late 1960s, but continued to record and tour into the 1990s, charting his final top 20 country hit "Old Friends" with Willie Nelson in 1982
Billy Walker (musician) - He was one of the first artists to record a Willie Nelson song; and although his 1961 version of "Funny How Time Slips Away" only reached No. 23 on "Billboard"'s country singles chart, it helped establish Walker's national reputation
Shirley Collie Nelson - From 1963 to 1971, she was the second wife of country star Willie Nelson
Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year
During his first few years on RCA, Nelson had no significant hits, but from November 1966 through March 1969, his singles reached the Top 25 in a consistent manner
As Jennings was achieving success in country music in the early 1970s, the pair were combined into a genre called outlaw country, since it did not conform to Nashville standards
Bob Wills - A 1970 tribute album by Haggard directed a wider audience to Wills' music, as did the appearance of younger "revival" bands like Asleep at the Wheel and the growing popularity of longtime Wills disciple and fan Willie Nelson
In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, "Red Headed Stranger"
The positive reception of the show prompted PBS to order ten episodes for 1976, formally launching the show
Doug Sahm - He sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's 1977 gospel album, "The Troublemaker"
Leon Russell - In 1979, Russell and Willie Nelson had a number-one hit on the "Billboard" country music chart with their duet of "Heartbreak Hotel"
Kris Kristofferson - Meanwhile, more artists took his songs to the top of the charts, including Willie Nelson, whose 1979 LP release of "Willie Nelson Sings Kris Kristofferson" proved to be a smash success
During the 1980s, Nelson recorded a series of hit singles including "Midnight Rider", a 1980 cover of the Allman Brothers song which Nelson recorded for "The Electric Horseman", the soundtrack "On the Road Again" from the movie "Honeysuckle Rose", and a duet with Julio Iglesias titled "To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
While swimming in Hawaii in 1981, Nelson's lung collapsed
Townes Van Zandt - Several of Van Zandt's compositions were recorded by other artists, such as Emmylou Harris who, with Don Williams, had a No. 3 country hit in 1981 with "If I Needed You," and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, the pair taking "Pancho & Lefty" to number one on the country charts in 1983
Webb Pierce - Even though he had occasional minor hits, charting in a 1982 duet with Willie Nelson, a remake of "In the Jailhouse Now," he spent his final years tending to his businesses, and his legend became clouded due to his reputation as a hard drinker
Merle Haggard - Country star Willie Nelson believed the 1983 Academy *award-winning film "Tender Mercies", about the life of fictional singer Mac Sledge, was based on the life of Merle Haggard
Meanwhile, he became more involved with charity work, such as singing on "We are the World" in 1984
Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan's comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt
Neil Young - Young remains on the Board of Directors of Farm Aid, an organization he co-founded with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in 1985
Jack Walrath - In 1987 Walrath received a Grammy nomination for a cover of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" featuring Willie Nelson
Lotta Engberg - She has a great number of collaborations including joint albums with Jarl Carlsson in 1987, Christer Sjögren and Willie Nelson, both in 2012
Angie Dickinson - She co-starred with Willie Nelson and numerous buddies in the 1988 television western "Once Upon a Texas Train"
Twenty years later, in 1994, highway patrolmen found a marijuana cigarette in his car near Waco,_Texas; the resulting court appearance caused him to cancel his appearance at the Grammy awards
Deana Carter - Her first big break came when one of her demo tapes caught the attention of Willie Nelson, who invited her to take part in the 1994 Farm Aid VII concert as the show's only female soloist
All Along the Watchtower - Neil Young, who played Woodstock as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, has performed numerous covers of the song, including a notable performance at Farm Aid in 1994, with band Crazy Horse and Willie Nelson
Emmylou Harris - Also in 1998, she appeared prominently on Willie Nelson's moody, instrumentally sparse "Teatro" album, produced by "Wrecking Ball" producer Lanois
G. E. Smith - Between live dates, he has been the musical director and band leader honoring Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. He led bands for The Muddy Waters Tribute, and the 1998 and 1999 Mark Twain *awards honoring Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters which aired on PBS, and Comedy Central
Matt Hubbard (musician) - He began working with Willie Nelson in 1998 and has been running Nelson's home studio in Luck, TX since 2000
Moe Jaffe - Whatever its origins, "I'm My Own Grandpaw" has been consistently performed and recorded ever since, including a 2001 release by Willie Nelson
In 2002, Nelson became the official spokesman of the Texas Roadhouse, a chain of steakhouses
In 2004 Nelson underwent surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as he had damaged his wrists by continuously playing the guitar
Floyd Tillman - The project, released in April 2004, featured liner notes by Dr. Bill Malone, Bill Mack, Hank Thompson and Willie Nelson
Ned Sublette - In 2006, Willie Nelson released Sublette's song "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" in the wake of the success of "Brokeback Mountain"
Toby Keith - Keith wrote and starred in the 2008 movie "Beer for My Horses", which is based on the 2003 hit song of the same name recorded by Keith and Willie Nelson
In 2010, Austin, Texas renamed Second Street to Willie Nelson Boulevard
Jamey Johnson - Johnson was a main stage act on Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown from May to July 2011
During an interview with "Texas Monthly" in 2013, regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Same-sex marriage in the United States, Nelson responded to a comparison the interviewer did with the Civil Rights Movement, stating: "We'll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this"
In 2014, after twenty years on the discipline, his Grand Master Sam Um presented him with a fifth-degree black belt on a ceremony held in Austin, Texas
Vanes Martirosyan - On October 4, 2014 Vanes won all three rounds in a though battle against Willie Nelson
Merle Haggard - In 2015 Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded a video, "It's All Going to Pot," where both are seen singing in a recording studio while smoking joints
Don Was - On November 18, 2015, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, he led the house band that performed at a concert celebrating Willie Nelson, recipient of the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
In 2017, he will appear as himself in Woody Harrelson's live film, "Lost in London"
Merle Haggard - In 2017 Haggard appeared alongside Willie Nelson in the *award-winning documentary "The American Epic Sessions" directed by Bernard MacMahon
In 2018 The Texas Institute of Letters inducted him among its members for his songwriting