Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was born in the era of the Great Depression. He never completed school, but his talent at song writing and singing brought him to fame as one of the best Country musicians. He earned a number of hit songs in the 60’s including He went to the heart of country music in Nashville, Tenessee in the 60’s and had a number of hit songs including Hello Walls, Funny How Time Slips Away, Pretty Paper and Crazy. Continuing in the 60’s and with the success of his earlier hits, he joined a large record label RCA Victor and continued to create chart topping songs. He subsequently retired but then later came out of retirement in the 70’s and signed with another large label Atlantic Records. He would later sign with Columbia Records in the mid-70’s.

In the 80’s he hit pay dirt with his song “On the Road Again”, which became an instant hit. He followed “On the Road Again”, with another hit song, “To all the girls I’ve loved before.” His success in the 80’s would have him join with country music royalty Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson in the group The Highwaymen. His success was fleeting however. Despite his long career, Willie Nelson fell into money problems arising from poor investments he had made in the 1980’s heyday. His money troubles put him under the radar of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which went on to seize his assets to clear an alleged $32 million debt. Eventually, Willie Nelson cleared his debt through sales of his albums and an asset sale of his goods.

Free of the problems associated with his former tax debt, Willie Nelson then extensively toured and continued to release new materials yearly. However, his heyday had passed and his new albums received mixed reviews. During his career, he tried his hand at acting. He made his movie debut in the film The Electric Horseman released in 1970.
Of all the things Willie Nelson will be remembered for, it will probably be his hit single “On the road again.”

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