Willie Nelson

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Early Willie
Since he left Nashville in the early 1970s, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has occupied a unique and distinctive place in the world of country music and America as a whole. Born and raised in Texas, Nelson began his musical start as one of the country music capital's top songwriters, composing country hits like "Crazy" for Patsy Cline and "Hello Walls" for Faron Young.

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