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Sep 6, 1929Ira Nelson marries Myrle Greenhaw in Newton County, Arkansas. They have two children who become musicians: piano player Bobbie Lee Nelson and Country Music Hall of Famer Willie NelsonApr 30, 1933Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas, though some relatives insist the birth was April 29. After writing "Crazy" and "Hello Walls," he becomes a major figure in the '70s outlaw movement, earning a plaque in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993Oct 27, 1952Willie Nelson marries Jewel Matthews in Cleburne, TexasJan 20, 1957Willie Nelson has a daughter, Susie Nelson. In 1987, she writes a biography of her father, "Heart Worn Memories"May 21, 1958Willie Nelson Jr.--better known as "Billy"--is born in Fort Worth. He dies in December 1991 from an apparent suicideJan 1, 1959Ray Price founds the Pamper Music publishing company with Hal Smith and Claude Caviness. It develops songwriters Hank Cochran, Willie Nelson and Harlan Howard, yielding such titles as "Make The World Go Away," "Crazy" and "I Fall To Pieces"May 8, 1961Faron Young's version of the Willie Nelson-penned "Hello Walls" hits #1 in BillboardAug 22, 1961Willie Nelson holds his first recording session for Liberty Records, yielding his first solo hit, "Touch Me"Sep 25, 1961Ray Price records "San Antonio Rose," the first tribute album to honor Bob Wills. The band includes Willie NelsonJun 14, 1962Willie Nelson records "Funny How Time Slips Away" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville
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