In this post, we will look at some of the more startling aspects of Willie Nelson’s life. These ten simple facts will assist us to learn about the artist’s lifestyle.
Top 20 Crazy Facts About Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is one of the most proficient musicians in the world, and not only in country music. Nelson’s abilities transcend genre and extend well beyond music. These are top 20 facts about the iconic outlaw country singer, who would have turned 86 today.
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- Willie Hugh Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933. Carol Burnett and Carolyn Jones, both future television stars, were born in Texas in the same month (The Addams Family).
- Because Nelson was born at midnight, several sources give his birth date as April 30.
- Nelson was two years older than his sister Bobbie, who played piano in his band until her death earlier this year.
- Nelson was nurtured by his grandparents, Alfred and Nancy Nelson, who both studied music at the Chicago Music Institute by mail.
- “Amazing Grace” was the first song Nelson ever learned.
- Nelson performed a poem in public for the first time when he was five years old.
- Nelson picked his nose till it bled because he was apprehensive about performing the poem, garnering him the nickname “Booger Red.”
- Nelson wrote his first song when he was seven years old.
- Nelson performed with Bob Wills, the creator of Western swing music when he was only 13 years old.
- Nelson played Uncle Billy Babcock in his senior class’s production of Oh, Aunt Jerusha in 1950.
- Nelson has worked as a cotton picker, saddle maker, disc jockey, Bible, vacuum cleaner, and encyclopedia salesperson in addition to his time in the Air Force.
- Nelson was contracted as a songwriter to Pamper Music. His weekly compensation of $50 was provided from a raise that fellow songwriter Hank Cochran was owed but had foregone so that Nelson could be signed.
- And Then I Wrote was the name of Nelson’s debut album. It includes the songs “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” which Patsy Cline, Faron Young, and Billy Walker would go on to make into great singles.
- Nelson and Cochran collaborated on seven songs one evening in the basement of Nelson’s Ridgetop, Tennessee, house; one of the tracks was titled “What Can You Do to Me Now?” Nelson’s house burned down the following day.
- Nelson relocated to Austin, Texas, and then to Hawaii after his home caught fire.
- The first Fourth of July picnic hosted by Nelson took place in 1973 in Dripping Springs, Texas.
- Nelson’s 1978 collection of pop songs, Stardust, spent 540 weeks (10 years) at the top of the country album chart.
- Robert Redford and Jane Fonda costarred in Nelson’s big-screen acting debut, The Electric Horseman, in 1979.
- Nelson starred in Honeysuckle Rose the year after that.
- Nelson composed “On the Road Again,” one of his most well-known songs, while traveling with Sydney Pollack, a director.
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