Willie Nelson is the legendary country singer and songwriter who came into limelight and fame during the late 60s. Some of his most popular and career-defining songs include; Petty Paper, Cazzy Funny How Time Slips Away, and Hello Walls. His works were influential to the evolution of the outlaw country subgenre, which was used to confront the conservatism of Nashville.
Now, well over 80 years of age, he still strong and vibrant, constantly recording and touring as well as impacting lives through various political and charitable causes. He is one old champ that plans to quit only when he ceases to draw breath. Let’s know more about him through this article.
An American musician, actor, and activist.
Going back to his early life. Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas to Doyle Nelson and Ira Myrle Marie. He did not have the upbringing of his parents since his mother left soon after he was born and his father also remarried leaving Willie and his sister Bonnie in the care of their grandparents.
He was taught music at a tender age and age six; his grandfather bought him a guitar. At this time, he sang at church and age seven wrote his first song. His love for music developed by day at a young age of nine, he was a guitarist for a local band Bohemian Polka. As a young child in the care of his grandparents, He picked cotton to earn some income even though he hated the act. To replace it, he took on music to raise such salaries.
For Education, He was educated at the Abbott High School, where he was very active in sports. He played on the football, basketball and baseball teams in the school. The like for games, however, did not affect his first love which is music. He sang in school and played the guitar for The Texans band formed by his sister’s husband. He also joined the United States Air Force for nine months after graduating from high school in 1950. Upon his return, he enrolled at Baylor University in 1954 where he studied agriculture. He, however, dropped out in 1956 to pursue music.
Willie Nelson married four times with the first being to Martha Mathews in 1952. The couple had three children, Lana, Susie, and Willie Hugh Jr. The marriage which was characterized by violence by Matthews always abusing Nelson ended in 1962. He then married Shirley Collie in 1963 and divorced in 1971.
The same year, he got married to Connie Koepke, the woman who had mothered his son Paula Carlene during his marriage to Collie. The couple had another daughter Amy Lee Nelson but divorced in 1988.
His last and current wife is Annie D’Angelo in 1991 and has since been blessed with two children, Lukas Autry, and Jacob Micah. The family lives in Maui, Hawaii and also owns a ranch near Austin, Texas.
Similarly, He has had several health issues including a lung collapse in 1981 while swimming in Hawaii. He has also undergone surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2004, and stem-cell therapy and several others.
With a career spanning decades and an active performing career even at an old age, Wille Nelson is worthy of all the wealth he has amassed so far. As a highly creative, enthusiastic and energetic musician, he can be seen going on tours with his band now and then and this has sure aided to boost up his net worth which is currently estimated to be around $25 million. However, his salary and assets details are yet to be disclosed.
Willie Nelson has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and weighs around 72 Kg. Similarly, he has a pair of hazel eyes and lights brown hair color. Further, his chest size is 39 inches, waist size is 30 inches and the biceps size is 14 inches.