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  • 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 Vancouver, Washington. In 1987, she writes a biography of her father, "Heart Worn Memories." She later works as a radio personality for SiriusXM's classic-country channel Willie's Place
    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"
    Apr 28, 1959
    Billy Walker becomes the first artist to record a Willie Nelson song, cutting "The Storm Within My Heart" at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville
    May 8, 1961
    Faron Young's version of the Willie Nelson-penned "Hello Walls" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    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

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