Archive for the ‘Special Days’ Category

Happy Birthday, Roy Orbison

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


Ray Orbison performs at Farm Aid 1985.

Roy Orbison was born on April 22, 1936, in Vernon, Texas. A 1987 addition to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he reaches the country charts with his solo hit “You Got It” and a duet with Emmylou Harris. His songs “Crying” and “Blue Bayou” also become country hits for Don McLean and Linda Ronstadt, respectively.

Ray Orbison recorded Willie Nelson’s, “Pretty Paper”, in 1963, before Willie Nelson recorded the song. His release climbed to #15 on the US charts. It was his last release in 1970.

Happy birthday, Glen Campbell

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Happy birthday, Glen Campbell, born on April 21, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Thanks to music loving friend, George Miguel, for sharing this great video on Easter.

Happy birthday, Buddy Cannon

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon

Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Best wishes to Loretta Lynn, born April 14, 1932, in Butcher Holler, Kentucky. Noted for her honest songwriting, she becomes the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1972, landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.

Loretta Lynn joins Willie Nelson for a duet on his new album, ‘To All the Girls’.

Happy birthday, Merle Haggard

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Best wishes to Merle Haggard, born April 7, 1937, in Bakersfield, California.

Happy birthday, Pat Green

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Happy Birthday, Pat Green, born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 5, 1972

Happy Birthday, EmmyLou Harris

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Happy Birthday, EmmyLou Harris, born on this day in 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama.  One of my favorite duet partners for Willie Nelson, and I have many favorites.

Happy Birthday, Lefty Frizell (March 31, 1928)

Monday, March 31st, 2014


On March 31, 1928, Lefty Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas.

1. Mom and Dad’s Waltz
2. Look What Thoughts Will Do
3. I Love You in a Thousand Ways
4. Always Late (With Your Kisses)
5. I Want to Be With You Always
6. She’s Gone, Gone, Gone
7. A Little Unfair
8. I Never Go Around Mirrors
9. That’s the Way Love Goes
10. Railroad Girl
11. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time

Hailing from a state known for trailblazing country, Lefy Frizzell and Willie Nelson are Texas’ most distinctive sons in the singing and songwriting departments. After penning and crooning some of honkytonk’s finest songs — and inspiring Nelson to play music back when his nickname was still Booger Red — Frizzell died a broken man in 1975. Two years later, Nelson released a batch of his favorite Frizzell numbers. This expanded reissue includes one bonus track: an alternate take of Nelson’s 1976 chart-topping rendition of Frizzell’s plaintive voice soared up and down octaves like a trick pilot, Nelson, backed primarily by his acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano, leans into the songs with a blusey feel, giving emotional drama to weepers such as “Always Late (with your kisses)” and “I Never Go Around Mirrors.” If Nelson’s original intent was to remind listeners of his forebear’s breathtaking artistry, he accomplished his goal.

– Holly George-Warren

Back in Austin, Willie was testing Columbia Records’ definition of artistic control. Lefty Frizzell’s death in 1975 had inspired Willie to do an album of nothing but Lefty songs dedicated to his favorite honky tonk singer. The suits at Columbia were less than thrilled when they first heard about the idea, especially since the label had dropped Lefty three years earlier. But two years later, after Willie’s version of “If You’ve Got the Money” from the album The Song in Your Mind shot straight to number 1 on the country singles chart in the summer of 1976, Columbia brass came aound and released the Lefty tribute. Even then, label personnel tried to get him to title the album Songs For a Friend, figuring record buyers didn’t know Lefty Frizzell from Johnny Wright. But Willie held his ground and To Lefty from Willie was released in 1977, featuring 10 of his favorite Lefty songs, including, I Love You a Thousand ways,” which reached number 9 on the country singles chart that summer, “Always Late (with Your Kisses),” “Mom and Dad Waltz,” and “Railroad Lady,” Lefty’s last single before he died, written by Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett. The album charted as high as number 91 on Billboard’s album chart, a testament to Willie’s star power more than Lefty’s legacy.

from Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
by Joe Nick Patoski

Happy, happy birthday Rachel Fowler

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Best wishes  for a happy birthday to Rachel Fowler, granddaughter of Willie Nelson,, webmistress of Willie Nelson’s website

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Mother of Isabella

 

 

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Willie Nelson & Family Webmistress met some friends on the road the Farm Aid 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY

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Happy Valentines Day from Willie’s RoadHouse (Sirius/XM Radio)

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Hear a two-hour special featuring songs from the latest Willie Nelson album “To All The Girls” including comments from his duet partners Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Rosanne Cash and The Secret Sisters today at 4 pm, tomorrow noon and Sunday 7 pm ET.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Willie & Family

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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www.clubluck.willienelson.com

Hey Club Luck Members!

For Valentine’s Day, Willie is giving fans a free download of his song Valentine.

You can get your download HERE

This will be accessible to all fans from 2/13 – 2/15, but it will be extended until 3/15 for Club Luck members only. Make sure to get your download before it expires on the 15th!

Happy Valentines Day and stay tuned for the next Club Luck Contest launching next week.

Happy birthday, Susie Nelson

Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Heartworn Memories A daughter’s personal biography of Willie Nelson by Susie Nelson

“I wouldn’t want anything to change his loyalty.  He has an enormous capacity for being loyal and, as a consequence, people are loyal to him.  Paul English stuck with Dad through the lean years, selling his rental property and going without pay in order to help Dad follow his dream.  His loyalty and consideration for other extends to everyone around him.

He is almost apologetic whenever he asks anyone to do something for him.  ‘It’s almost like he works for you,’ his pilot once told me.  He’s still the same appreciative boy from Abbott who used to ask for a ride to the baseball game in West.

In a way, Dad has never left Abbott, never forgotten where he came from.  He still drops in on his boyhood friends from Abbott, and he still remembera and keeps in touch with all of the folks who helped him on his way up.

Of course he has never lost his touch with the fans.  He will sign autographs as long as there is anybody asking for one.  He has said over and over again that he can’t understand performers who think they are bigger than their fans, who won’t sign autographs, who cut the shows short or don’t even show up.  ‘I always figure that if my audience shows up, I ought to show up too,’ he says.

The size of the audience doesn’t make any difference.  He’ll put on the same show for one person crowded around the bandstand as he will for 70,000 screaming fans.

Dad is an extraordinarily popular figure, a hero and an idol to millions around the world.  Very few people in history have the kind of following that Dad has.  For some people, going to one of Dad’s concert is like a religious experience.

I think the source of his great and enduring appeal is the fact that he truly believes that in the grand design of the universe, he is no more important, no more unique, no better than any other individual human being on the planet.  He communicates a true belief in equality, in tolerance, that we are all in this together.  That’s what his music is all about.  And that sums Dad up about as well as any I’ve heard.

Paul English tells a story that sums Dad up about as well as any I’ve heard.

After a concert, a woman came up to Dad, ‘I met you in San Antonio five years ago,’ she told him, ‘but I don’t suppose you remember me.’

‘No, I’m sorry, but I don’t,’ he answered, ‘but I sure appreciate you remember me.’

That’s my dad.  And I love him.”

– Susie Nelson

Happy Birthday, Don Cherry

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Don Cherry, Willie Nelson, Francine Cherry

Texas native Don Cherry is the only man to finish in the top 10 of the U.S.Open and have a top selling song. Don was the singing voice of Mr. Clean commercials as well.

Visit his website, to enjoy more of Don Cherry’s music:
http://www.doncherry.us

Willie Nelson & Family (January 1, 2014) (Austin, TX)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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It was Bobbie Nelson’s birthday, but she was the one giving to her fans, as she and Paul greeted fans, signed autographs

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