Willie Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson was one of the main figures of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of Country music that developed between the end of 1960s and early 1980s. The critical success of the albums Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, and the commercial success of Red Headed Stranger made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson is also recognized for his contributions to charity, he is the president and one of the founding members of Farm Aid charity concert, and his activism for the legalization of marijuana and for the use of bio-fuels. Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was 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 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry. 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 confirmed his move to outlaw country with the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, which he recorded 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 & Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. Nelson 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, 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. He is the co-founder and president of Farm Aid, and has been contributing to the benefit concert series since the first event in 1985, organizing concerts and performing with other prominent artists. 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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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson was one of the main figures of the Outlaw Movement, a subgenre of Country music that developed between the end of 1960s and early 1980s. The critical success of the albums Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, and the commercial success of Red Headed Stranger made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson is also recognized for his contributions to charity, he is the president and one of the founding members of Farm Aid charity concert, and his activism for the legalization of marijuana and for the use of bio-fuels. Nelson started studying music from mail order material that his grandparents gave him. He wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force. However, he was 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 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry. 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 confirmed his move to outlaw country with the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, which he recorded 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 & Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. Nelson 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, 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. He is the co-founder and president of Farm Aid, and has been contributing to the benefit concert series since the first event in 1985, organizing concerts and performing with other prominent artists. 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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2016 Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke as Himself
2016 Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl
2015 The Muppets(1 episode) as Himself
2015 Johnny Cash: American Rebel as Himself
2014 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon as Himself
2014 All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State as Himself
2014 Road to Austin
2013 Angels Sing as Nick
2012 John Mellencamp: It's About You
2011 Hollywood Speaks Up as Himself
2011 I Ride as Willie Nelson
2010 The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story as Himself
2009 Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Play the Music of Ray Charles as Himself - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
2009 Happiness Is as Himself
2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! as Himself
2008 Surfer, Dude as Farmer Bob
2008 Beer for My Horses as Charlie
2008 Swing Vote as Willie Nelson
2008 Hempsters: Plant the Seed as Himself
2007 Blonde Ambition as Pap Paw
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning as Jesse Duke
2007 Fighting With Anger as Will
2006 Willie Nelson: Live from Austin TX
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard as Uncle Jesse Duke
2005 Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began as self
2004 Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt as Himself - Musician
2004 CMA Music Festival(1 episode)
2004 The Big Bounce as Joe Lurie
2004 Willie Nelson Live At Billy Bob's as Self
2003 The Highwaymen: On the Road Again as Himself
2003 Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' as Himself
2002 Monk(1 episode)
2002 Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend. as Himself
2002 CMT Crossroads(1 episode)
1999 Willie Nelson: Live In Amsterdam as Himself
1999 A Tribute To Johnny Cash as Performer
1999 Outlaw Justice as Lee Walker
1999 The Story of Darrell Royal as Himself
1997 Wag the Dog as Johnny Dean
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 Gone Fishin' as Billy 'Catch' Pooler
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(2 episodes)
1996 Starlight
1995 Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story as Willie Nelson
1994 Space Ghost Coast to Coast(1 episode)
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman(2 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(3 episodes)
1991 Wild Texas Wind as Himself
1991 Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind
1990 Highwaymen: Live
1990 Pair of Aces as Billy Roy Barker
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1988 Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? as Cross
1988 Once Upon A Texas Train as John Henry Lee
1988 Walking After Midnight
1987 Heartbeat as Himself
1986 Stagecoach as Doc Holliday
1986 Red Headed Stranger
1984 Songwriter as Doc Jenkins
1984 Miami Vice(1 episode)
1983 Hells Angels Forever as Himself
1983 Willie Nelson Live at the US Festival as Himself
1982 Coming Out of the Ice as Red Loon
1982 Barbarosa as Barbarosa
1981 Thief as Okla
1980 Solid Gold(1 episode)
1980 Honeysuckle Rose as Buck Bonham
1979 The Electric Horseman as Wendell Hickson
1979 The Bee Gees Special(0 episodes)
1979 Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 Austin City Limits(4 episodes)
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour(2 episodes)
1900 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!(0 episodes)

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2014 Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Farm Aid Live … Production Artist

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