Willie Nelson At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
One of the most recognized artists in country music, Willie Nelson was born in April of 1933 in Abbott, Texas, during the Great Depression. Nelson and his sister were raised throughout their childhood by their grandparents, who taught them music. Nelson has listed among his influences Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, among others. After dropping out of college, he pursued a career in music in Vancouver. In 1956, he released his first album. In 1960, he moved to Nashville and continued pursuing his country music career. He played near Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge near the Grand Ole Opry, where he met Hank Cochran. Until August of 1961, Nelson worked as a songwriter and a bass player in Ray Price’s bad before he was signed as a recording audience. In 1965, his album Country Willie – His Own Songs was released and he joined the Grand Ole Opry.