Things You May Not Know About Willie Nelson

Of all of the country artists in the world, Willie Nelson is one of the most accomplished. Not just in the country universe, but the entire world. The talents of one of this most iconic musicians go beyond his passion for music.

In a career that is filled with songwriting, performing, acting, and activism, there are many highlights behind the man who’s known as “Shotgun Willie.”

Nelson Was Abandoned As A Child

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The future country star’s mother disappeared shortly after giving birth. His father would abandon Willie, and his sister Bobbie afterward. Fortunately for Willie, he and his sister were raised by their grandparents. The Nelson’s taught them how to sing, and they bought a guitar for the six-year-old Nelson.

A year later, he would write his first song.