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HAPPY 77TH BIRTHDAY, RED HEADED STRANGER!!!
Willie Nelson is a treasure, pure and simple. One of the strongest, coolest voices to ever emerge from the country world, Nelson is also a ferociously talented guitarist, top notch songwriter, tireless performer and an inspired interpreter of other’s material on par with greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Yesterday, Willie turned 77-years-old and we couldn’t let the occasion pass without tipping our hat to him. In his honor, we’ve rolled up a sampling of some choice moments in his long, long career. Damn, we’re glad we’ve shared this past near-century with you, mister!
We begin with a smoking version of one of Willie’s most beloved songs.
On June 4, 1937 Baldemar Huerta is born in San Benito, Texas, and later changes his name to Freddy Fender.
On May 30, 1926, Johnny Gimble was born in Tyler, Texas.
Enjoy this 1981 documentary (25 minutes long), about Johnny, and his start with Bob Wills, and enjoy watching him play his fiddle. He is such a story teller, too. Thank you Ken Harrison Productions.
(Merle Haggard and Johnny Gimble, in Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas)
Last Sunday, before the Willie Nelson & Family Concert at the BackYard, UT Coach Mac Brown presented Willie with a plaque. I can’t remember the exact words, but it sounded like the Governor of Texas, and Coach Brown and all of Texas was honoring Willie Nelson as the most incredible Texan, and the most incredible American ever. I’m serious, Willie has received so many awards, and none of them are big enough to adequately honor Willie Nelson for all he has done for Texas and the country, and so the great State of Texas created a new way to honor him. It was really nice.
“Happy Birthday, Willie! 80 and still a pilgrim. All the best… Bono, The Edge, Adam & Larry.’ (Never before seen footage of ‘Slow Dancing’ with Willie Nelson, made by filmmaker & friend Lian Lunson.)”
Bono: Willie Nelson’s music was in my head, and around me for so long, that one day I woke up with a Willie Nelson song. And I thought it was a Willie Nelson song. I didn’t even think it was one of our songs. Then when I discovered that ‘Slow Dancing’ didn’t exist in Willie Nelson’s repetoire, I thought, “But it is his! I’m sure it’s his.”
Willie Nelson: “Bono had sent me this song called ‘Slow Dancing’ many years ago, five or six years ago, and he wanted me to record it. I listened to it, and it was a great song, but I was waiting, really waiting until I could do it with him – not knowing whether that would really happen or not. And sure enough, in Ireland last year, I was invited over to the studio.”
Bono: “And he said, “What about that song? Do you want to do it now?” And we got the wedding band, which was Larry, Adam and Edge, we played it, and on the first take he sang it. And it was kind of magical, I think.”
The group collaborated with the American country singer in 2003 to record ‘Slow Dancing’, which was written by Bono.
While a live version of the track, which featured on ‘The Essential Willie Nelson‘ album, surfaced online, no official footage was previously available.
It is completely shot in black and white. The credit reads: “Happy birthday Willie! 80 and still a pilgrim. All the best from Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam.”
The band had previously collaborated fellow country legend Johnny Cash. U2 are currently working on their 13th studio album, provisionally entitled ’10 Reasons to Exist’.
It has been reported that the band are hopeful of unveiling their latest offering to fans in September.
“Being asked to do this was an honor and an unforgettable place to start my foray into the realm of poster art.” – Darcy J. Watt
Darcy J. Watt created this limited edition event poster for Willie Nelson’s birthday celebration at the BackYard on April 28, 2013, and he has a few copies left for purchase.
You can get your copy here: