Willie Nelson grandparents: Meet Nancy Elizabeth Smothers, William Alfred Nelson

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Willie Nelson was born on April 29, 1933, to Myrle Marie and Ira Doyle Nelson. He is an accomplished country music singer from the United States.

The critical and commercial success of Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, established Nelson as one of country music’s most renowned musicians.

Willie Nelson grandparents: Meet Nancy Elizabeth Smothers, William Alfred Nelson

Nelson was raised by his grandparents. His mother abandoned the family when he was very young. As soon as his father remarried he also abandoned them and left him and his sister in the of their grandparents.

His grandparents were the main reason Nelson chose music as his career. They encouraged Nelson and her sister to practice the craft when they were very young.

Nelson’s grandfather, who was a blacksmith doubled up as a music teacher. He bought Nelson his first guitar and taught him how to play.


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