Willie Nelson

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Hairy Willie
Dissatisfied with what he regarded as Nashville's assembly-line approach to music, Nelson moved back home to Texas, where he began to record a series of seminal albums. His career skyrocketed with the release his 1975 concept album Red Headed Stranger. The album included his popular cover of Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," for which he would win his first of many Grammys. It was also during this time period that he began to shed his clean cut 1960s look for the long hair that would quickly become part of his iconic image.

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