Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!

ABOUT
Country singer, activist, poet, songwriter, actor, and author who helped create Farm Aid. He has written many country hits, including “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Hello Walls.”

BEFORE FAME
He grew up during the Great Depression and played music for money because he did not want to pick cotton. He wrote his first song when he was seven years old.

TRIVIA
He signed with Atlantic Records in 1973 and became one of the most recognized faces of country music after appearing in over thirty films, including Barbarosa and Thief.

FAMILY LIFE
He married Martha Jewel Matthews on October 27, 1952; Shirley Collie on January 12, 1963; Constance Jean Connie Koepke on April 30, 1972; and Annie D’Angelo on September 16, 1991.

ASSOCIATED WITH
He joined Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson as a member of the 1985 outlaw country group The Highwaymen.