Willie Nelson is a versatile artist who succeeds in music, cinema and literature careers. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the outlaw country subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville. He has written some of the most popular country songs of all time, including the hit song "Crazy." He has won multiple awards, including countless Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards. Furthermore, Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
Nelson’s mother left soon after he was born, and his father remarried and also moved away, leaving Willie and his sister Bobbie to be raised by their grandparents The Nelsons, who taught singing back in Arkansas, started their grandchildren in music. Nelson's grandfather bought him a guitar when he was six, and taught him a few chords, and he soon started writing his own songs. A few years later, he played his first professional gig with a local polka band.
Willie Nelson has married four times and fathered seven children. His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962. The couple have two living children: Lana and Susie. Their third child Billy died by suicide in 1991. Nelson's next marriage was to Shirley Collie in 1963. The couple divorced in 1971. Koepke and Nelson married the same year and had two daughters, Paula Carlene and Amy Lee. Following a divorce in 1988, he married his current wife, Annie D'Angelo, in 1991. They have two sons, Lukas Autry and Jacob Micah.
- The meaning of the name Nelson: Son Of Neil Or Nell