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Willie Nelson (1933)

Willie Hugh Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. 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.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits during the end of 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, and the failure to succeed in music, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of Hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, which he recorded with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid 1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho & Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During 1990 Nelson's assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, that claimed that he owed US $32,000,000. It was later discovered that his accountants, Price Waterhouse did not pay Nelson's taxes for years. The impossibility of Nelson to pay his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments made by him during the 1980s. Nelson released in 1991 The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?, the profits of the double album, destined to the IRS and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt by 1993.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. Nelson explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film, The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television.

Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.


 early life
Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas during the Great Depression on April 30, 1933 to Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) and Ira Doyle Nelson. The Nelson family had moved from Arkansas in 1929, looking for work. Nelson's grandfather, William, worked as a blacksmith, while his father worked as a mechanic. His mother left soon after he was born, and his father remarried and moved away, leaving the grandparents, who both studied music at night via a mail-order course, to bring up Nelson and his sister Bobbie. Nelson's grandfather bought him a guitar when he was six, and taught him a few chords; and with his sister Bobbie he sang gospel songs in the local church. He wrote his first song when he was seven, and played the guitar for the local band Bohemian Polka at age nine. During the summer, like most of Abbott's inhabitants, the family picked cotton. As Nelson didn't like picking cotton, starting at age thirteen and continuing through high school, he earned money by singing in local dance halls, taverns, and honky tonks. Nelson was influenced musically during his childhood by Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Django Reinhardt, Ray Price, and Hank Snow.

Nelson attended Abbott High School where, as well as raising pigs for the Future Farmers of America organization, he was a halfback in the school football team, and also played basketball as a guard, and as a shortstop in baseball. While still at school he sang and played guitar in The Texans, a band formed by his sister's husband, Bud Fletcher. After leaving school in 1950 he joined the United States Air Force for eight to nine months, then worked as a disc jockey at local radio stations. He had short stints with KHBR in Hillsboro, Texas and later with KBOP in Pleasanton, Texas. In 1952, he married Martha Matthews, and from 1954 to 1956 studied agriculture at Baylor University, where he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, but dropped out to pursue success in music.

 music career
 Beginnings (1956–1972)
In 1956, Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington to begin his formal musical career. His first record, "No Place For Me" included Leon Payne's "Lumberjack" on the b-side, but was not successful. Nelson continued working as a radio announcer and singing in Vancouver clubs. He sold the song "Family Bible" for US$50 to a guitar instructor, and the song turned into a hit for Claude Gray in 1960. Nelson moved to Nashville in 1960, but no label signed him. Although most of his demos were rejected, thanks to his songwriting and Hank Cochran's help, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music. After Ray Price recorded Nelson's "Night Life", Nelson joined Price's touring band as a bass player. While playing with Price and the Cherokee Cowboys, Nelson's songs became hits for other artists, including "Funny How Time Slips Away" , "Hello Walls" , "Pretty Paper" , and, most famously, "Crazy" , which became the biggest jukebox hit of all time.

Nelson signed with Liberty Records and was recording by August 1961 at Quonset Hut Studio. His first two successful singles as an artist were released by the next year, including "Willingly" (which became his first charting single and first Top Ten at #10) and "Touch Me" (his second Top Ten, stalling at #7), a duet with his soon-to-be second wife, Shirley Collie. Unfortunately, further hit singles eluded him. Nelson's tenure at Liberty yielded his first album entitled And Then I Wrote, released in September 1962. Fred Foster of Monument Records signed Nelson in early 1964, but only one single was released, "I Never Cared For You".

By the fall of 1964, Nelson had moved to RCA Victor Records at the behest of Chet Atkins, signing a contract for US $10,000 per year. Country Willie – His Own Songs became Nelson's first RCA album, recorded in April 1965. That same year he joined the Grand Ole Opry. During his first few years on RCA, Nelson had no significant hits, but from November 1966 through March 1969, his singles reached the Top 25 in a consistent manner. "One In a Row" (#19, 1966), "The Party's Over" (#24 during a 16-week chart run in 1967), and his cover of Morecambe & Wise's "Bring Me Sunshine" (#13, March 1969) were Nelson's best-selling records during his time with RCA. After recording his final RCA single – "Mountain Dew" (backed with "Phases, Stages, Circles, Cycles and Scenes") in late April 1972, RCA requested that Nelson renew his contract ahead of schedule, with the implication that RCA would not release his latest recordings if he did not. He signed Neil Rashen as his manager to negotiate with the label, who got RCA to agree to end Nelson's contract upon repayment of US$14,000. During those proceedings, Nelson decided to move to Austin, Texas and take a short break. Austin's burgeoning hippie music scene rejuvenated the singer. His popularity in Austin soared as he played his own brand of country music marked by country, folk and jazz influences. Rashen eventually signed Nelson to Atlantic Records for US$25,000 per year, becoming the label's first country artist. By February 1973, Nelson was recording his acclaimed Shotgun Willie at Atlantic Studios in New York City.

 Outlaw country and success (1973–1989)

Shotgun Willie, released in May 1973, earned excellent reviews but did not sell well. The album led Nelson to a new style, later stating that Shotgun Willie had "cleared his throat". His next album, Phases and Stages, released in 1974, was a concept album about a couple's divorce, inspired by his own experience. Side one of the record is from the viewpoint of the man, while the other side is from the viewpoint of the woman. The album included the hit single "Bloody Mary Morning" and a duet of "After the Fire is Gone" with Tracy Nelson. Nelson then moved to Columbia Records, where he signed a contract that gave him complete creative control, made possible by the critical and commercial success of his previous albums. The result was the critically acclaimed, and massively popular 1975 concept album Red Headed Stranger. Although Columbia was reluctant to release an album with primarily a guitar and piano for accompaniment, Nelson and Waylon Jennings insisted. The album included a cover of Fred Rose's 1945 song "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", that had been released as a single previous to the album, and became Nelson's first number one hit as a singer.

As Jennings was also achieving success in country music in the early 1970s, the pair were combined into a genre called outlaw country, since it did not conform to Nashville standards. The album Wanted! The Outlaws in 1976 with Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser cemented the pair's outlaw image and became country music's first platinum album. Later that year Nelson released The Sound in Your Mind and his first gospel album Troublemaker . In 1978, Nelson released two more platinum albums, Waylon & Willie, a collaboration with Jennings that included "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", a hit single written and performed by Ed Bruce. Though observers predicted that Stardust would ruin his career, it went platinum the same year. Nelson continued to top the charts with hit songs during the late 1970s, including "Good Hearted Woman", "Remember Me", "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time", and "Uncloudy Day".

During the 1980s Nelson recorded a series of hit singles including "Midnight Rider", a 1980 cover of the Allman Brothers song which Nelson recorded for The Electric Horseman, the soundtrack "On the Road Again" from the movie Honeysuckle Rose, and a duet with Julio Iglesias titled "To All the Girls I've Loved Before". Pancho & Lefty, a duet album with Merle Haggard, and WWII, with Jennings, came out in 1982, while Take it to the Limit was released in 1983, also with Jennings.

In the mid-1980s, Nelson, Jennings, Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash formed The Highwaymen, who achieved platinum record sales and toured the world. Meanwhile, he became more involved with charity work, such as singing on We are the World in 1984. In 1985, Nelson had another success with Half Nelson, a compilation album of duets with a range of artists such as Ray Charles and Neil Young. In 1980, Nelson performed on the south lawn of the White House. The September 13 concert featured First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Nelson in a duet of Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother". Nelson frequently visited the White House according to his biography, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, where he smoked marijuana on the White House roof.

 IRS and later career (1990–present)
In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service seized most of Nelson's assets, claiming that he owed US$32,000,000. It was later discovered that his accountants, Price Waterhouse, had not been paying Nelson's taxes for years. In addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson's situation was worsened by the weak investments he had made during the early 1980s. His lawyer, Jay Goldberg negotiated the sum to be lowered to US$16,000,000. Later, Nelson's attorney renegotiated a settlement with the IRS in which he paid US$6,000,000, although Nelson did not comply with the agreement. Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? as a double album, with all profits destined for the IRS. Many of his assets were auctioned and purchased by friends, who donated or rented his possessions to him for a nominal fee. He sued Price Waterhouse, contending that they put him in illegal tax shelters. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount and Nelson cleared his debts by 1993.

During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson toured continuously, recording several albums including 1998's critically acclaimed Teatro, and performed and recorded with other acts including Phish, Johnny Cash, and Toby Keith. His duet with Keith, "Beer for My Horses", was released as a single and topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for six consecutive weeks in 2003, while the accompanying video won an award for "Best Video" at the 2004 Academy of Country Music Awards. A USA Network television special celebrated Nelson's 70th birthday, and Nelson released The Essential Willie Nelson as part of the celebration.

Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to Asia concert to benefit the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which raised an estimated US$75,000 for UNICEF. Also in 2005, a live performance of the Johnny Cash song "Busted" with Ray Charles was released on Charles' duets album Genius & Friends. Nelson's 2007 performance with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center, was released as the live album Two Men with the Blues in 2008; reaching number one in Billboard's Top Jazz Albums and number twenty on the Billboard 200. In 2009 Nelson and Marsalis joined with Norah Jones in a tribute concert to Ray Charles, which resulted in the Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles album, released in 2011. In 2010, Nelson released Country Music, a compilation of standards produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album peaked number four in Billboard's Top Country Albums, and twenty on the Billboard 200. It was nominated for Best Americana Album in the 2011 Grammy Awards. In 2011 Nelson participated in the concert Kokua For Japan, a fundraising event for the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan which raised US$1.6 million.

 personal life
Nelson lives in Maui, Hawaii, in a largely self-sustaining community where all the homes use only solar power. Neighbors include Kris Kristofferson, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson.

Willie Nelson has married four times and fathered seven children. His first marriage was to Martha Matthews; it lasted from 1952 to 1962, and produced three children: Lana, Susie, and Billy. The last committed suicide in 1991. The marriage was marked by violence, with Matthews assaulting Nelson several times. Nelson's next marriage was to Shirley Collie in 1963. The couple divorced in 1971, after Collie found a bill from the maternity ward of a Houston hospital charged to Nelson and Connie Koepke for the birth of Paula Carlene Nelson. 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.
Nelson traces his genealogy to the American Revolutionary War, in which his ancestor John Nelson served as a major.

While swimming in Hawaii in 1981, Nelson's lung collapsed. All of his scheduled concerts were cancelled and he was taken to the Maui Memorial Hospital. Nelson temporarily stopped smoking cigarettes each time his lungs became congested, and resumed when the congestion ended. In 2008 he started to smoke with a carbon-free system to avoid the effects of smoke in his lungs. In 2004 Nelson underwent surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as he had damaged his wrists by continuously playing the guitar. On the recommendation of his doctor, he cancelled his scheduled concerts and only wrote songs during his recovery.

Nelson has been arrested several times for marijuana possession. The first occasion was in 1974, in Dallas, Texas. Twenty years later, in 1994, highway patrolmen found a marijuana cigarette in his car near Waco, Texas; the resulting court appearance caused him to cancel his appearance at the Grammy awards. While travelling to Ann W. Richards' funeral in 2006, Nelson, along with his manager and his sister, Bobbi, were arrested in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana and charged with possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Nelson received six months probation. On November 26, 2010, Nelson was arrested for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while travelling from Los Angeles to Texas. He was released after paying bail of US$2,500. Prosecutor Kit Bramblett supported not sentencing Nelson to jail due to the amount of marijuana being small, but suggested instead a US$100 fine and told Nelson that he would have him sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court. Judge Becky Dean-Walker stated that Nelson had to pay the fine but did not require him to perform the song, explaining that the prosecutor was joking. Nelson's lawyer Joe Turner reached an agreement with the prosecutor. Nelson was set to pay a US$500 fine to avoid a two-year jail sentence with a 30-day review period, which in case of another incident would end the agreement. The judge later rejected the agreement, claiming that Nelson was receiving preferential treatment for his celebrity status, when the offence normally carried a one-year jail sentence.

Nelson is widely recognized as an American icon. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. In 2011, Nelson was inducted to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his labor in Farm Aid and other fund risers to benefit farmers.

In 2003 Governor Perry signed bill #2582, introduced by State Representative Elizabeth Ames Jones and Senator Jeff Wentworth, which funded the Texas Music Project, the state's official music charity. Nelson was named Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board of the project. In 2005, Democratic Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos introduced a bill to name of the Travis County section of State Highway 130 after Nelson, and at one point 23 of the 31 state Senators were co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation was dropped after two Republican senators, Florence Shapiro and Wentworth, objected, citing Nelson's lack of connection to the highway, his fundraisers for Democrats, his drinking, and his marijuana advocacy.

An important collection of Willie Nelson materials (1975–1994) became part of the Wittliff collections of Southwestern Writers, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. The collection contains lyrics, screenplays, letters, concert programs, tour itineraries, posters, articles, clippings, personal effects, promotional items, souvenirs, and documents. It documents Nelson's IRS troubles and how Farm Aid contributions were used. Most of the material was collected by Nelson's friend Bill Wittliff, who wrote or co-wrote Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa and Red Headed Stranger.

In April 2010, Nelson received the "Feed the Peace" award from The Nobelity Project for his extensive work with Farm Aid and overall contributions to world peace. On June 23, 2010 he was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. Nelson is an honorary trustee of the Dayton International Peace Museum.
In 2010, Austin, Texas renamed Second Street to Willie Nelson Boulevard. The city also planned to honor him with a life-size statue, to be placed at the entrance of Austin City Limits' new studio. The non-profit organization Capital Area Statues commissioned sculptor Clete Shields to execute the project.

For many years, Nelson's image was marked by his red hair, often divided into two long braids partially concealed under a bandanna. In the April 2007 issue of Stuff Magazine Nelson was interviewed about his long locks. "I started braiding my hair when it started getting too long, and that was, I don't know, probably in the 70's." On May 26, 2010, the Associated Press reported that Nelson had cut his hair, and Nashville music journalist Jimmy Carter published a photograph of the pigtail-free Nelson on his website. Reportedly, he wanted a more maintainable hairstyle, as well helping him stay cool more easily at his Maui home.

Nelson's touring and recording group, the Family, is full of longstanding members, including his sister Bobbie Nelson, drummer Paul English, harmonicist Mickey Raphael, Bee Spears, Billy English (Paul's younger brother), and Jody Payne. Willie & Family tours North America in the bio-diesel bus Honeysuckle Rose IV, which is fueled by Bio-Willie.

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Name Duration Released
Here We Go Again 05:10 2011
Busted 03:52 2011
Hit the Road Jack 07:45 2011
Losing Hand 05:16 2011
Cryin' Time 04:32 2011
Unchain My Heart 05:35 2011
Hallelujah I Love Her So 04:54 2011
I Love You So Much It Hurts 02:52 2011
Makin' Whoopee 04:54 2011
House of Gold 04:43 2010
My Baby's Gone 05:05 2010
I Am a Pilgrim 04:52 2010
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down 03:19 2010
Drinking Champagne 03:42 2010
Gotta Walk Alone 02:13 2010
Ocean of Diamonds 03:36 2010
Dark as a Dungeon 04:49 2010
Pistol Packin' Mama 02:36 2010
Seaman's Blues 03:22 2010
You Done Me Wrong 03:12 2010
Satisfied Mind 03:52 2010
Nobody's Fault but Mine 04:26 2010
Freight Train Boogie 02:39 2010
If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind 02:55 2009
Corrine Corrina 03:17 2009
Both Sides of Goodbye 04:18 2009
Because of You 03:24 2009
Jimmy's Road 02:37 2009
Bring it on Down to My House 03:29 2009
Superman 02:12 2009
I Miss You So 04:32 2009
The Ghost 02:34 2009
Oh! You Pretty Woman 02:50 2009
I'm Still Not Over You 03:59 2009
Ain't Misbehavin' 02:56 2009
Following Me Around 02:42 2009
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None o' This Jelly Roll 03:11 2009
Lost Highway 02:52 2009
If I Had You 04:22 2009
Fan It 02:46 2009
Back to Earth 02:58 2009
Come Rain or Come Shine 03:57 2009
Sweet Jennie Lee 03:01 2009
I'll Have Somebody Else 03:31 2009
Fly Me to the Moon 02:51 2009
Since I Fell for You 03:41 2009
Hesitation Blues 02:47 2009
South 03:39 2009
The Nearness of You 04:44 2009
On the Street Where You Live 02:57 2009
Johnny One Time 02:48 2009
Shame on You 02:59 2009
Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other 03:33 2009
Baby, It's Cold Outside 03:59 2009
Nite Life 02:32 2008
Gravedigger 03:52 2008
No Place for Me 01:20 2008
Louisiana 03:25 2008
You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore 02:21 2008
When I've Sang My Last Hillbilly Song 01:30 2008
The Bob Song 04:15 2008
Worry B Gone 03:10 2008
Moment of Forever 03:50 2008
When I Was Young and Grandma Wasn't Old 03:05 2008
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It 04:56 2008
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young 02:04 2008
Over You Again 05:35 2008
I'm Alive 03:27 2008
Caldonia 03:25 2008
Big River 02:47 2008
Always Now 03:28 2008
Bright Lights Big City 05:20 2008
I'm Moving On 02:45 2008
Takin' on Water 03:24 2008
Yesterday's Wine 03:14 2008
Keep Me From Blowing Away 03:33 2008
Faded Love 03:51 2007
I'd Have to Be Crazy 03:27 2007
Pancho and Lefty 04:47 2007
Let It Be Me 03:32 2007
Mona Lisa 02:33 2007
Highwayman 03:04 2007
Heartbreak Hotel 03:02 2007
Not That I Care 02:57 2006
Miss Molly 02:34 2006
Bubbles in My Beer 02:51 2006
The Warm Red Wine 02:51 2006
Cherokee Maiden 03:09 2006
I Don't Care 02:56 2006
Sugar Moon 02:28 2006
You Don't Know Me 03:42 2006
Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age 03:34 2006
It's All Your Fault 02:36 2006
Take Me in Your Arms & Hold Me 03:22 2006
Dusty Skies 03:34 2006
I Guess I've Come to Live Here 02:23 2005
Do You Mind Too Much If I Don't Understand 02:46 2005
I've Just Destroyed the World 02:42 2005
One in a Row 03:31 2005
Sitting in Limbo 02:39 2005
Something to Think About 03:12 2005
The Harder They Come 03:36 2005
I'm a Worried Man 02:31 2005
How Long Is Forever 03:19 2005
She Loves My Automobile 02:40 2003
I'm Still Here 00:00 2003
The Wurlitzer Prize 02:30 2003
Things to Remember 00:00 2003
Stay a Little Longer 00:00 2003
To All the Girls I've Loved Before 04:25 2003
What Do You Think of Her Now 00:00 2003
If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time 00:00 2003
Beer for My Horses 03:33 2003
Opportunity to Cry 00:00 2003
Homeward Bound 03:57 2003
One Time Too Many 05:30 2003
Run That by Me One More Time 02:34 2003
Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning 04:33 2003
A Song for You 05:22 2003
Last Stand in Open Country 04:45 01/2002
You Remain 05:54 01/2002
Recollection Phoenix 04:53 01/2002
Time After Time 04:04 01/2002
This Face 04:29 01/2002
The Great Divide 04:06 01/2002
Be There for You 04:34 01/2002
Won't Catch Me Cryin' 04:07 01/2002
For What It's Worth 04:25 2002
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground 04:26 2002
Don't Fade Away 04:27 2002
Lonestar 03:33 2002
Dead Flowers 04:55 2002
Always on My Mind 03:53 2002
On the Road Again 02:27 2002
Mendocino County Line 04:30 2002
Till I Gain Control Again 05:48 2002
Maria 04:01 2002
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys 04:26 2002
Ol' Blue 02:36 2001
I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover 02:30 2001
Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way 01:55 2001
Rainbow Connection 04:29 2001
Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice 02:46 2001
Always 00:00 2001
Rock Me to Sleep 03:16 2001
Moonlight in Vermont 00:00 2001
I'm My Own Grandpa 03:19 2001
Someone to Watch Over Me 00:00 2001
Playmate 01:37 2001
On the Sunny Side of the Street 00:00 2001
Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon 01:28 2001
Wise Old Me 04:14 2001
He Sits at My Table 02:33 2000
Black Night 05:22 2000
I'm So Ashamed 03:40 2000
Outskirts of Town 02:56 2000
I'd Rather You Didn't Love Me 03:25 2000
Milk Cow Blues 04:30 2000
Lonely Street 04:26 2000
Me and the Drummer 05:09 2000
Sittin' on Top of the World 04:46 2000
Ain't Nobody's Business 05:08 2000
Fool's Paradise 04:17 2000
Did I Ever Love You 02:30 2000
Kansas City 02:51 2000
Tender Years 02:26 2000
The Thrill Is Gone 04:26 2000
Nuages 03:39 1999
Vous et Moi 04:12 1999
Honeysuckle Rose 03:33 1999
September in the Rain 03:20 1999
Sweet Georgie Brown 03:39 1999
Night and Day 04:32 1999
I've Loved You All Over the World 04:18 1998
Somebody Pick Up My Pieces 04:39 1998
I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye 04:38 1998
The Maker 05:08 1998
These Lonely Nights 03:29 1998
Everywhere I Go 03:50 1998
Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? 02:43 1998
What a Friend We Have in Jesus 03:19 1997
Farther Along 05:21 1997
Just a Closer Walk With Thee 06:59 1997
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 04:12 1997
How Great Thou Art 03:51 1997
We Don't Run 03:02 06/1996
I'm Waiting Forever 03:09 06/1996
Mariachi 02:06 06/1996
Too Sick to Pray 02:40 06/1996
Your Memory Won't Die in My Grave 03:27 06/1996
She Is Gone 02:55 06/1996
Spirit of E9 04:58 06/1996
Matador 01:42 06/1996
I Thought About You, Lord 04:11 06/1996
It's a Dream Come True 03:59 06/1996
Exactly Like You 02:24 1996
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down 02:57 1996
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 02:32 1996
Stormy Weather 02:23 1996
Just One Love 04:03 01/1995
Bonaparte's Retreat 02:07 01/1995
Cold, Cold Heart 03:10 01/1995
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! 02:54 01/1995
Four Walls 04:12 01/1995
It's a Sin 02:02 01/1995
Better Left Forgotten 03:05 01/1995
This Cold War with You 02:52 01/1995
Each Night at Nine 02:21 01/1995
Alabam 02:38 01/1995
Nothing's Changed, Nothing's New 03:46 1994
Moonlight Becomes You 03:51 1994
You Just Can't Play a Sad Song on a Banjo 02:03 1994
I'll Be Seeing You 03:02 1994
The Best Worst Thing 03:50 1994
I'll Keep on Loving You 02:49 1994
If I Had My Way 03:23 1994
Stray Cats, Cowboys, & Girls of the Night 02:43 1994
You'll Never Know 03:14 1994
Oh, What I Seemed to Be 03:21 1994
It Won't Be Easy 03:52 1994
The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise 02:20 1994
All the Things You Are 02:51 1994
Once You're Past the Blues 03:01 1994
Sentimental Journey 03:14 1994
Turn Me Loose & Let Me Swing 02:51 1994
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 02:05 1994
I'm Falling in Love Again 04:14 1994
We're Not Talking Anymore 02:34 1994
The Heart of a Clown 03:45 1994
Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) 03:29 1994
Chase the Moon 02:27 1994
Afraid 02:35 1994
You Always Hurt the One You Love 02:27 1994
Getting Over You 00:00 1993
What Was It You Wanted 00:00 1993
American Tune 00:00 1993
Valentine 00:00 1993
Farther Down the Line 00:00 1993
Graceland 00:00 1993
Across the Borderline 00:00 1993
Heartland 00:00 1993
She's Not for You 00:00 1993
Don't Give Up 00:00 1993
If I Were the Man You Wanted 00:00 1993
Most Unoriginal Sin 00:00 1993
I Love the Life I Live 00:00 1993
I Feel Sorry for Him 00:00 1992
You Wouldn't Cross the Street to Say Goodbye 00:00 1992
I Don't Sleep a Wink 00:00 1992
I Can't Find the Time 00:00 1992
Blame It on the Time 00:00 1992
Why Are You Picking on Me? 00:00 1992
Undo the Wrong 00:00 1992
And So Will You My Love 00:00 1992
Shelter of My Arms 00:00 1992
You Decide 00:00 1990
The Piper Came Today 00:00 1990
Ten With a Two 00:00 1990
(I Don't Have a Reason) To Go to California Anymore 00:00 1990
Ain't Necessarily So 00:00 1990
Born for Trouble 00:00 1990
This Is How Without You Goes 00:00 1990
It'll Come to Me 00:00 1990
Pieces of My Life 00:00 1990
Spirit 04:16 1989
If I Were a Painting 03:20 1989
Highway 03:55 1989
Nothing I Can Do About It Now 03:17 1989
Horse Called Music 04:26 1989
If My World Didn't Have You 03:42 1989
There You Are 03:04 1989
South of the Border 03:17 1988
What a Wonderful World 02:14 1988
Some Enchanted Evening 03:40 1988
Moon River 03:10 1988
Spanish Eyes 03:33 1988
Twilight Time 02:50 1988
To Each His Own 03:37 1988
The Song from Moulin Rouge 02:53 1988
Ole Buttermilk Sky 02:48 1988
Nobody There But Me 00:00 1987
There Is No Easy Way 00:00 1987
Last Thing on My Mind 00:00 1987
Island in the Sea 00:00 1987
All in the Name of Love 00:00 1987
Women Who Love Too Much 00:00 1987
Cold November Wind 00:00 1987
Heart of Gold 00:00 09/1986
Hello Love Goodbye 00:00 09/1986
When I Dream 00:00 09/1986
Partners After All 00:00 09/1986
So Much Like My Dad 00:00 09/1986
Something 00:00 09/1986
You're Only in My Arms 03:16 1986
No Place but Texas 03:22 1986
I've Got the Craziest Feeling 02:54 1986
Here in My Heart 03:50 1986
I'm Not Trying to Forget You 03:17 1986
Basin Street Blues 04:09 1986
Living in the Promiseland 03:18 1986
Old Fashioned Love 02:47 1986
Do You Ever Think of Me 02:17 1986
Pass It On 03:10 1986
Forgiving You Was Easy 02:51 1985
I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train 03:12 1985
Pretend I Never Happened 03:37 1985
Me and Paul 02:54 1985
You Wouldn't Cross the Street 03:01 1985
Old Five and Dimers Like Me 03:08 1985
Please Come to Boston 04:17 1984
Cry 03:32 1984
There Will Never Be Another You 00:00 1984
She's Out of My Life 03:26 1984
Gypsy 00:00 1984
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues 02:52 1984
Thank You 00:00 1984
Just Out of Reach 03:37 1984
I Fall in Love Too Easily 00:00 1984
City of New Orleans 04:48 1984
Tumbling Tumbleweeds 00:00 1984
Wind Beneath My Wings 03:46 1984
Angel Eyes 00:00 1984
It Turns Me Inside Out 03:27 1984
Old Friends 03:33 04/1983
Blackjack County Chains 02:59 04/1983
Take It to the Limit 03:50 04/1983
We Had It All 03:06 04/1983
Why Baby Why 02:40 04/1983
Why Do I Have to Choose 03:12 04/1983
No Love at All 02:42 04/1983
The Convict and the Rose 03:52 1983
Harbor Lights 03:52 1983
Summer of Roses 03:12 1983
I Can't Begin to Tell You 04:03 1983
The Beer Barrel Polka 02:43 1983
Autumn Leaves 04:04 1983
Somewhere in Texas, Pt. 1 00:53 1983
Once in a While 04:27 1983
Little Old Fashioned Karma 03:18 1983
Without a Song 03:54 1983
Tougher Than Leather 04:53 1983
Changing Skies 03:03 1983
As Time Goes By 03:54 1983
My Love for the Rose 00:37 1983
I Am the Forest 04:17 1983
Golden Earrings 03:48 1983
You'll Always Have Someone 03:01 12/1982
Put It Off Until Tomorrow 02:28 12/1982
Ping Pong 02:20 12/1982
Bring On the Sunshine 02:52 12/1982
You're Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning 02:58 12/1982
Everything's Beautiful 03:17 12/1982
Someone Loves You Honey 02:52 12/1982
What Do You Think About Love? 02:41 12/1982
To Make A Long Story Short, She's Gone 03:07 12/1982
The Bandits Of Beverly Hills 02:27 12/1982
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 02:21 12/1982
King Of A Lonely Castle 03:20 12/1982
The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall 03:44 12/1982
Casey's Last Ride 04:10 12/1982
Here Comes That Rainbow Again 02:55 12/1982
I Never Cared For You 02:24 12/1982
Heartaches Of A Fool 02:28 1981
Railroad Lady 02:38 1981
Disco Magic 00:00 12/1980
Interlude-Tumbleweed Morning 00:00 12/1980
Electric Horseman 00:00 12/1980
Rising Star 00:00 12/1980
Electro-Phantasma 00:00 12/1980
So You Think You're a Cowboy 00:00 12/1980
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 00:00 12/1980
Release Me 03:06 05/1980
I Fall to Pieces 03:16 05/1980
I'll Be There 02:41 05/1980
Deep Water 02:45 05/1980
Stand by Me 00:00 1980
An Evening Prayer 00:00 1980
Pick Up the Tempo 00:00 1980
If You Want Me To Love You I Will 00:00 1980
By the Rivers of Babylon 00:00 1980
Revive Us Again 00:00 1980
Coming Back to Texas 00:00 1980
In God's Eyes 00:00 1980
I Don't Want to Do Windows 00:00 1980
Two Sides to Every Story 00:00 1980
Family Bible 00:00 1980
Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 00:00 1980
Make the World Go Away 00:00 1980
Tell It to Jesus 00:00 1980
Jumpin' Cotton Eyed Joe 00:00 1980
I Guess I've Come to Live Here in Your Eyes 00:00 1980
Softly and Tenderly 00:00 1980
Working Man Blues 00:00 1980
If You Could Touch Her at All 00:00 1980
There Shall Be Showers of Blessings 00:00 1980
Fiddlin' Around 00:00 1980
You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine) 00:00 1980
It Is No Secret 00:00 1980
Heaven or Hell 00:00 1980
It's Not Supposed to Be That Way 00:00 1980
For the Good Times 00:00 10/1979
Why Me 00:00 10/1979
The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 00:00 10/1979
Me and Bobby McGee 00:00 10/1979
If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time) 01:44 11/1978
I Can Get Off on You 02:06 11/1978
Unchained Melody 03:50 04/1978
All of Me 03:54 04/1978
Blue Skies 03:34 04/1978
Georgia on My Mind 04:20 04/1978
Stardust 03:53 04/1978
Blue Must Be the Color of the Blues 00:00 1978
Face of a Fighter 00:00 1978
Home Motel 00:00 1978
Am I Blue 00:00 1978
Tomorrow Night (You'll Have Another Sweetheart) 00:00 1978
I Hope So 00:00 1978
Take Me as I Am 00:00 1978
Everything But You 00:00 1978
River Boy 00:00 1978
Some Other Time 00:00 1978
Is There Something on Your Mind 00:00 1978
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight 00:00 1978
End of Understanding 00:00 1978
She's Gone, Gone, Gone 02:31 06/1977
I Want to Be With You Always 02:39 06/1977
Always Late 02:25 06/1977
I Love You a Thousand Ways 02:59 06/1977
Look What Thoughts Will Do 02:42 06/1977
Mom and Dad's Waltz 03:02 06/1977
That's the Way Love Goes 03:11 06/1977
I Never Go Around Mirrors (I've Got a Heartache to Hide) 02:34 06/1977
A Little Unfair 03:42 06/1977
You Ought to Hear Me Cry 00:00 1977
What'd I Say 00:00 1976
That Lucky Old Sun 02:20 1976
Where the Soul Never Dies 04:14 1976
West Virginia Man 00:00 1976
In the Garden 04:08 1976
Mississippi Woman 00:00 1976
The Troublemaker 01:52 1976
The Storm Has Just Begun 00:00 1976
Will the Circle Be Unbroken 04:35 1976
Man with the Blues 00:00 1976
There Is a Fountain 03:13 1976
Misery Mansion 00:00 1976
Blue Suede Shoes 00:00 1976
The Sound in Your Mind 03:27 1976
Whispering Hope 05:35 1976
What a Way to Live 00:00 1976
Honey Don't 00:00 1976
Thanks Again 02:14 1976
When the Roll Is Called up Yonder 02:43 1976
Shall We Gather 03:07 1976
Save the Last Dance for Me 00:00 1976
A Penny for Your Thoughts 03:22 1976
Uncloudy Day 04:40 1976
Sweet Bye & Bye 02:39 1976
Red Headed Stranger 04:00 05/1975
Bandera 02:19 05/1975
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 02:21 05/1975
Hands on the Wheel 04:22 05/1975
Medley: Blue Rock Montana/Red Headed Stranger 01:36 05/1975
Remember Me 02:52 05/1975
I Couldn't Believe It Was True 01:32 05/1975
Can I Sleep in Your Arms 05:24 05/1975
Time of the Preacher 02:26 05/1975
Down Yonder 01:56 05/1975
O'er the Waves 00:47 05/1975
Denver 00:53 05/1975
Just as I Am 01:46 05/1975
Today I Started Loving You Again 00:00 1974
Whiskey River 04:05 06/1973
Shotgun Willie 02:40 06/1973
Stay All Night 02:36 06/1973
Slow Down Old World 02:54 06/1973
Sad Songs and Waltzes 03:08 06/1973
Where My House Lives 02:21 1973
Rainy Day Blues 00:00 1972
Will You Remember Mine 00:00 1972
My Kind of Girl 00:00 1972
What Do You Want Me to Do? 00:00 1972
London 00:00 1972
Home Is Where You're Happy 00:00 1972
Country Willie 00:00 1972
Mountain Dew 00:00 1972
Stay Away from Lonely Places 00:00 1972
Help Me Make It Through the Night 00:00 1972
Good Hearted Woman 00:00 1972
Wonderful Future 00:00 1972
Words Don't Fit the Picture 00:00 1972
You Left Me a Long, Long Time Ago 00:00 1972
What Can You Do to Me Now 00:00 1971
That's Why I Love Her So 00:00 1971
I Can Cry Again 00:00 1971
Yours Love 00:00 1971
I'm a Memory 00:00 1971
Kneel at the Feet of Jesus 00:00 1971
Fire and Rain 00:00 1971
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 00:00 1971
Sunday Morning Coming Down 00:00 1971
Who Do I Know in Dallas 00:00 1970
How Long Have You Been There 00:00 1970
Pins and Needles 00:00 1970
Laying My Burdens Down 00:00 1970
When We Live Again 00:00 1970
Wabash Cannonball 00:00 1970
One Has My Name 00:00 1970
Happiness Lives Next Door 00:00 1970
Crazy Arms 00:00 1970
Everybody's Talkin' 00:00 1970
Minstrel Man 00:00 1970
Bloody Mary Morning 00:00 1970
Where Do You Stand? 00:00 1970
Both Sides Now 00:00 1970
I've Seen That Look on Me 00:00 1970
Once More with Feeling 00:00 1970
I Don't Feel Anything 00:00 1970
I Gotta Get Drunk 00:00 1970
Senses 00:00 1970
That's All 00:00 1969
Good Times 00:00 1969
Permanently Lonely 00:00 1969
Local Memory 00:00 1969
A Wonderful Yesterday 00:00 1969
I Just Dropped By 00:00 1969
Ashamed 00:00 1969
I Just Don't Understand 00:00 1969
She's Still Gone 00:00 1969
Any Old Arms Won't Do 00:00 1969
Message 00:00 1969
Pages 00:00 1969
I Walk Alone 00:00 1969
Love Has a Mind of Its Own 00:00 1969
Little Things 00:00 1969
Buddy 00:00 1969
Natural to Be Gone 00:00 1969
Sweet Memories 00:00 1969
I Let My Mind Wander 00:00 1969
December Day 00:00 1969
Down to Our Last Goodbye 00:00 1969
Who Put All My Ex's in Texas 02:16 1968
Streets of Laredo 03:33 1968
Beautiful Texas 02:41 1968
San Antonio 02:32 1968
There's a Little Bit of Everything in Texas 02:21 1968
Dallas 02:16 1968
Texas in My Soul 02:02 1968
Remember the Alamo 02:57 1968
Travis Letter 02:05 1968
Waltz Across Texas 02:28 1968
The Hill Country Theme 02:20 1968
Make Way for a Better Man 00:00 1967
Mansion on the Hill 00:00 1967
A Moment Isn't Very Long 00:00 1967
Teach Me to Forget 00:00 1967
To Make a Long Story Short (She's Gone) 00:00 1967
What Now My Love 00:00 1967
Ghost 00:00 1967
You Made Me Live, Love and Die 00:00 1967
Go Away 00:00 1967
Lovin' Lies 00:00 1967
Hold Me Tighter 00:00 1967
I'll Stay Around 00:00 1967
Born to Lose 00:00 1967
Suffering in Silence 00:00 1967
No Tomorrow in Sight 00:00 1967
Have I Stayed Away Too Long? 00:00 1967
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 00:00 1967
There Goes a Man 00:00 1967
Some Other World 00:00 1967
If It's Wrong to Love You 00:00 1967
The Party's Over 00:00 1967
Go on Home 02:14 1966
My Window Faces the South 01:42 1966
Making Believe 02:53 1966
I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows 02:24 1966
Heartaches by the Number 02:19 1966
Seasons of My Heart 02:44 1966
Home in San Antone 01:40 1966
Columbus Stockade Blues 01:58 1966
Don't You Ever Get Tired 03:00 1966
I Love You Because 02:58 1966
San Antonio Rose 02:07 1966
Fraulein 02:56 1966
Are You Sure 02:10 1965
Healing Hands of Time 02:20 1965
Night Life 02:25 1965
My Own Peculiar Way 02:55 1965
One Day at a Time 02:32 1965
Within Your Crowd 02:04 1965
So Much to Do 02:10 1965
It Should Be Easier Now 02:43 1965
Feed It a Memory 00:00 1963
Right or Wrong 00:00 1963
Take My Word 00:00 1963
Second Fiddle 00:00 1963
Last Letter 00:00 1963
Lonely Little Mansion 00:00 1963
Things I Might Have Been 00:00 1963
Half a Man 00:00 1963
Way You See Me 00:00 1963
Roly Poly 00:00 1963
Let Me Talk to You 00:00 1963
Hello Walls 02:23 1962
Darkness on the Face of the Earth 02:19 1962
Wake Me When It's Over 02:48 1962
Undo the Right 02:56 1962
Touch Me 02:12 1962
One Step Beyond 02:20 1962
Three Days 02:33 1962
Mr. Record Man 02:10 1962
The Part Where I Cry 02:18 1962
Crazy 02:50 1962
Funny How Time Slips Away 03:02 1962
Red Sails in the Sunset 02:53
One for My Baby 04:09
Don't Go to Strangers 03:23
Augusta 02:46
Maybe You'll Be There 04:15
My Way 04:18
Tenderly 03:34
Prisoner of Love 02:50
I Love You for Sentimental Reasons 02:55
Tangerine 03:08
Try a Little Tenderness 04:21
Ramblin' Fever 00:00
Slowly 00:00
This Old House 00:00
That Just About Does It 00:00
Sixteen Tons 00:00
I Didn't Come Here (And I Ain't Leavin') 03:10
Big Booty 03:03
Midnight Rider 03:00
You Were It 04:28
Texas 03:55
Be That As It May 03:29
Love's the One and Only Thing 03:34
Picture in a Frame 03:39
Tired 04:19
It Always Will Be 04:11
Over Time 03:45
Dreams Come True 04:35
My Broken Heart Belongs to You 02:26


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