Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

  • 27 Apr 15:38
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There have been many country singers that have enjoyed greater commercial success than Willie Nelson, but he remains one of the most loved and widely known artists to emerge from the genre thanks to his status as an outlaw figure. Nelson made his mark in the 60s as a great songwriter, penning some of the finest songs of the era in any genre, including 'Crazy', 'Funny How Time Slips Away', and 'Hello Walls'. He reinvented his image in the 70s as a key figure in the outlaw country movement, resolutely opposed to the Nashville-based scene that he had worked in during the previous decade. Nelson recorded two of the best (and bestselling) country albums of the era, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. He also teamed up with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser in the era-defining group The Outlaws. Later releases have played up Nelson’s status as an anti-mainstream figure with a deep love of popular music, and while not always successful are never less than interesting.

Followers: Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt

Influenced By: Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, Webb Pierce, Jim Reeves...

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