Willie Nelson is 80



"Yesterday's Wine" (1971)

10. Willie is well-known for his collaborations with a number of friends. In 1980 he recorded the album San Antonio Rose with Ray Price, in 1982 the song "Old Friends" with Roger Miller and Ray Price, in 2003 the album Run That By Me One More Time with Ray Price, and in 2007 Last of the Breed with Merle Haggard and Ray Price. Notice Price's name coming up a lot? It's kind of a love/hate thing; it's said the two didn't speak for years because Nelson shot one of Price's roosters, after it pecked to death several of Nelson's best hens. (They've since made up, and you can see Price at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic this summer.)


"Devil In a Sleepin' Bag" (1973)

9. Willie's helmed one of the longest-standing music festivals around, the (usually) annual Fourth of July Picnic. The first was held in Dripping Springs, Texas, and featured Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Doug Sahm, and Tom T. Hall. Its 40th year will be celebrated this July at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, with Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, Quebe Sisters, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ray Price, and Ryan Bingham slated to perform.


"I Gotta Get Drunk" (1975)

8. In the 1980s, Willie performed a concert at the White House for President Jimmy Carter. Pretty tame right? Until you learn that he and First Lady Rosalynn performed a duet of "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" (wow). And that Willie allegedly smoked a joint while taking in the view from the roof (wow, wow).


"Shotgun Willie" (1973)

7. He probably wouldn't*, but it doesn't mean he couldn't kick your ass if he wanted to. Willie studied Kung Fu in the 1980s and has a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, he played halfback on his high school football team, guard in basketball, and shortstop in baseball. *Unconfirmed legend tells, however, that Willie was highly convincing with a Colt 45 in hand when he had to scare off a 27-year-old Mickey Newbury, who in 1967 was attempting to court Nelson's 14-year-old daughter Lana.


"Bloody Mary Morning" (1974)

6. Willie's won many honors -- induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a Kennedy Center Honor, and countless Grammy, CMA, ACM and American Music Awards -- but unique among his accomplishments was his 2011 induction to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, in recognition of his advocacy related to family farmers.


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