Willie Nelson - May 22nd

Willie Nelson (kinship) --- 'Outlaw' country music star, songwriter, actor, author and philanthropist. Nelson is widely recognized as an American icon. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and he was inducted to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his labor in Farm Aid and other fund raisers to benefit farmers. Willie was born in 1933 in Abbott, Texas, then abandoned by his mother at only six months old, he and his older sister Bobbie were raised by their paternal grandparents. Despite the poverty which the family underwent during the Great Depression, Nelson and Bobbie were never deprived of music. They grew-up with Gospel, Country and Frank Sinatra. 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. Nelson began scribbling poetry at the age of five and when he received his first guitar at six, he began to put his lyrics to music. When Nelson was still very young, his grandfather died, leaving a gaping hole in his life. He used his talent and songwriting ability to translate his grief into music. At the tender age of 10, he started performing! In 1962 Nelson's big break came in the form of country music legend, Patsy Cline. Her version of 'Crazy' became one of the biggest songs she ever recorded, cementing Nelson's reputation as one of the greatest Nashville songwriters of all time.


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