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This Day in Music – April 30, 1933 – Abbott, Texas – Willie Nelson was born!!

So today is Willie Nelson’s 81st birthday, Happy Birthday Willie! From  Wikipedia; Willie Hugh Nelson…Willie Nelson 3

….was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933,[1] during the Great Depression, to Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) and Ira Doyle Nelson.[2] He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30.[1] He was named Willie by his cousin Mildred, who also chose Hugh as his middle name, in honor of her recently deceased younger brother.[1] Nelson’s ancestry includes EnglishIrish, and Cherokee.[3] His parents moved from Arkansas in 1929, to look for work. Nelson’s grandfather, William, worked as a blacksmith, while his father worked as a mechanic.[4] His mother left soon after he was born,[5] and his father remarried and also moved away, leaving Willie and his sister Bobbie to be raised by their grandparents. Read More

What more can I say about this Americana Music icon, way back when Willie, Waylon and a few others left the Nashville music scene behind for “Outlaw Music”. They blazed their own trails and music is the better for it!

I picked up his career after the success of The Red-headed Stranger and Phases and Stages. The soundtrack for Honeysuckle Rose, Willie Nelson and Family Live, Stardust and many other albums are in my collection. I could go on and on about the albums with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard and The Highway Men albums with Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon and Willie and all the great songs from “Crazy” , “On the Road Again”, “To All the Girls I Loved”, and “Bloody Mary Morning” ,but I know there are lots of places on the web, including Wikipedia, where you can read about them. So I’ll just say again, Happy 81st Willie, we’re all hoping and expecting many more!! With all the songs Willie has recorded and all the concerts, I could post a million videos from YouTube.  Last year I posted “Pancho and Lefty” Today I’ll go with some morning music that  “Bloody Mary Morning”! Here’s a performance of the song from 1974 – hey back then are beards were pretty much the same color!! They still are!!