Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, that developed in the late 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.
Willie Hugh Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas during the great depression era on the 29th of April 1933. The names of his birth parents are Myrle Nelson and Ira D. Nelson. Willie has just one sister named, Bobbie, and they both grew up with their paternal grandparents who practically raised them. As a kid, he was first exposed to music by accompanying his grandmother to a small Methodist church in their town.
Willie has been married four times from 1952 to the present day. Willie also had three sons and two daughters.
Nelson is active in a number of issues, he helped set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan’s comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. The first concert included Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and Neil Young among many others, and raised over $9 million for America’s family farmers.
Willie Nelson says he has puffed his final joint.
“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” Nelson said in the interview. “I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself today.”
Nelson talked about his long history of smoking, saying he had “mistreated” his body since he was young, growing up in Abbott, Texas.
“I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever,” he said. “And that almost killed me.”
Willie Nelson: Marijuana ‘saved my life’
It did not, and Nelson, who smoked his first joint in 1954, has become synonymous with marijuana smoking. In August, Nelson was forced to quit six shows on his tour due to “breathing issues.” Keeping his lungs healthy is paramount, especially with performing, he said.”Your lungs are the biggest muscle you have got. So when you’re out there working, you are working out,” Nelson said.
“Willie does what he wants when he wants regarding smoking. There are numerous ways of consumption. He has not given up cannabis,” she wrote. In May, Nelson says that marijuana “saved his life, really,”
In his KSAT interview, Nelson said he didn’t care that his health issues have been a constant source of internet speculation.
“I’m here; I’m glad to be here,” he said. “I’m lucky to be here.”