Sep 6, 1929
Ira 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 Nelson
Apr 30, 1933
Willie 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 1993
Oct 27, 1952
Willie Nelson marries Jewel Matthews in Cleburne, Texas
Jan 20, 1957
Willie Nelson has a daughter, Susie Nelson. In 1987, she writes a biography of her father, "Heart Worn Memories"
May 21, 1958
Willie Nelson Jr.--better known as "Billy"--is born in Fort Worth. He dies in December 1991 from an apparent suicide
Jan 1, 1959
Ray 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"
Aug 22, 1961
Willie Nelson holds his first recording session for Liberty Records, yielding his first solo hit, "Touch Me"
Sep 25, 1961
Ray Price records "San Antonio Rose," the first tribute album to honor Bob Wills. The band includes Willie Nelson
Nov 23, 1963
Willie Nelson signs the papers to buy a 200-acre farm in Ridgetop, Tennessee
Aug 11, 1964
"The Music City News," established by Faron Young, celebrates its first anniversary with a pair of figure eight races at the Nashville Speedway. The winners: Willie Nelson and Roy Drusky
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