Archive for the ‘black and white’ Category

Willie Nelson and Earl Campbell

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Friday, June 22nd, 2018


Willie Nelson Harlan Howard and Hal Sith

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Young Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Happy birthday, Willie Nelson! The singer turns 85 on April 29.

These days, Nelson is known for his beard and long double braids, but before he became an icon of “outlaw” country music, he was a clean-cut teen at Abbott High School in Abbott, Texas.

He looks almost unrecognizable as a high school junior in this 1949 yearbook photo.

“When I was about 12, I had my first paying gig,”  the singer told Parade in 2010. “Eight dollars to play rhythm guitar in a polka band. Pretty soon, I ended up playing in all the bars within driving distance of Abbott, Texas.”

He also reportedly had various odd jobs including tree trimmer, pawn shop employee and phone operator. Still, he never lost sight of his dream career.

“Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do,” Nelson told Parade. “I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove.”

Nelson was also a dedicated high school athlete. He was a halfback on the football team and played on the basketball and baseball teams. Here’s Nelson’s official football portrait from around 1950:


Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Willie Nelson presents award to President Jimmy Carter (May 16, 1979)

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018


President Carter receives the first special award Tuesday from the Country Music Association.  Country stars Willie Nelson (left) and Charley Pride presented the award at an Oval Office ceremony recognizing Carther’s enthusiasm for country music.  As Nelson handed over an inscribed glass bowl from the Association, the President said, “This is the first time I ever saw you with a glass in your hand without beer in it.”

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history at the Rupp (May 13, 1979)

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

photo:  Christie Porter

Country music singer Willie Nelson performed at Rupp Arena on May 13, 1979. The concert that night included Waylon Jennings, Emmy Lou Harris and Leon Russell. Nelson has played Rupp Arena seven times, including four years in a row from 1977 to 1980. His last appearance at Rupp was in 2000 with the Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Ricky Skaggs and Vida & Joe Ely.

Willie Nelson and Leon Russell

Friday, May 11th, 2018

“I learned a lot from Leon Russell, one of best entertainers ever.   He’s the first guy I saw throw his hat into the audience. That’s where I got the idea to do that. Ripped him off pretty good!”

— Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 10th, 2018