Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist. Nelson started studying music from mail order material, given to him by his grandparents. He wrote his first song at the age of seven, and joined his first band at nine. During high school, he joined the Bohemian Fiddlers and toured with them locally as their lead voice and guitar player. After his graduation from high school, in 1950 he joined the air force, but was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years, but dropped out due to his success in music. During this time, he worked as a disk jockey in Texas radio stations while also singing in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote the song Lumberjack in 1956 and Family Bible. In 1960 he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music that allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would be country standards, that were recorded by the most prominent artists of the time, including Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper and Crazy, and he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote, in 1962. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry.
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