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Make Way For Willie Nelson (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Willie Nelson: Make Way For Willie Nelson (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPFRM3748

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(Sony - Friday Music) 12 Tracks - Neuauflage des original 1967er 'RCA' LP-Albums - Limitierte 180g Vinyl-Pressung - Gatefold Cover
39,95 €
The Troublemaker (LP) Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker (LP) Art-Nr.: LP87384

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(Columbia) 11 Tracks - Neuauflage des Original-LP-Albums von 1976
23,95 €
Always On My Mind (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd. Deluxe Edition) Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd. Deluxe... Art-Nr.: LPFRM37951

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(Sony-Friday Music) 10 Tracks - Neuauflage des Original 1982er Columbia-Albums, Klappcover, remastered, HQ Premium Vinyl Pressung, limitierte Deluxe-Edition auf 180g Vinyl
39,95 €
Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd. Deluxe Edition) Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g... Art-Nr.: LPFRM37542

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(Sony-Friday Music) 20 Tracks - Neuauflage des Original 1981er Columbia-Albums, Klappcover, remastered, HQ Premium Vinyl Pressung, limitierte Deluxe-Edition auf 180g Vinyl
49,95 €
My Way (CD) Willie Nelson: My Way (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY7050

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(Sony Legacy) 11 Tracks - Digisleeve - Willie Nelson Sings Frank Sinatra! - Eine Country-Hommage an die Crooner-Legende Er gehört ohne Zweifel zu den releasefreudigsten Künstlern der Welt: Willie Nelson veröffentlicht 2018 sein sage und...
15,95 €
My Way (LP) Willie Nelson: My Way (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY7051

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(Sony Legacy) 11 Tracks - Willie Nelson Sings Frank Sinatra! - Eine Country-Hommage an die Crooner-Legende Er gehört ohne Zweifel zu den releasefreudigsten Künstlern der Welt: Willie Nelson veröffentlicht 2018 sein sage und schreibe 68....
21,95 €
December Day - Willie's Stash Vol.1 (CD) Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson: December Day - Willie's Stash Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY1622

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(Sony Music) 18 Tracks - Dass Willie Nelson noch Einiges im Archiv hat, war spätestens klar, als er 1991 plötzlich die Doppel-CD -Who'll Buy My Memories - The IRS Tapes- aus dem Archiv zauberte und 2007 das bereits 1997 aufgenommene...
7,95 € 15,95 €
Country Willie (LP) Willie Nelson: Country Willie (LP) Art-Nr.: LPEMS1252

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(Liberty) 20 Tracks - Original 'Liberty' Aufnahmen von 1958 bis 1975
15,95 €
Things To Remember - The Pamper Demos (2-LP, Ltd.) Willie Nelson: Things To Remember - The Pamper Demos (2-LP, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPRGM0651

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(Real Gone Music) 28 Titel - Limited Edition (1.000) Red Vinyl Für die Reihe von Sessions, die den Grundstein für Willie Nelsons Karriere legten und damit den Lauf der modernen Countrymusik veränderten, wurden diese Aufnahmen im Laufe...
39,95 €
Things To Remember - The Pamper Demos (CD) Willie Nelson: Things To Remember - The Pamper Demos (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGM0652

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(Real Gone Music) 28 Titel Für die Reihe von Sessions, die den Grundstein für Willie Nelsons Karriere legten und damit den Lauf der modernen Countrymusik veränderten, wurden diese Aufnahmen im Laufe der Jahre ziemlich unbekümmert...
17,95 €
Touch Me (LP) Willie Nelson: Touch Me (LP) Art-Nr.: LPED260683

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(EMI - Liberty) 20 tracks - Original 'Liberty' recordings
14,95 €
Stardust (2-LP, 45rpm, 200g Vinyl, Ltd.) Willie Nelson: Stardust (2-LP, 45rpm, 200g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPAPP11645

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(Sony) 10 Tracks - Heavy deluxe gatefold cover - Limited edition of less than 1000 copies! Sensational reissue of the original 1978 Columbia album! Deluxe version! From the original master tapes! 200g HQ vinyl on 45rpm speed! Rice paper...
74,95 €
Last Man Standing (CD) Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY582725

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(Sony Legacy) 11 Titel - Digisleeve mit allen Texten Last Man Standing ist der Nachfolger des letztjährigen God's Problem Child, das allgemein gelobt wurde ('Uncut' in Großbritannien sagte, es sei'ein Album, das bequem neben jedem seiner...
16,95 €
The Best Of Willie Nelson (CD) Willie Nelson: The Best Of Willie Nelson (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLIB8398

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(Liberty) 13 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1973 United Artists album!
9,95 €
Good Hearted Woman (2-LP) Willie Nelson: Good Hearted Woman (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPPDL21114

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(Pair) 16 tracks - Originally sealed LP album - Cut-out LP
14,95 €
Willie And The Boys - Willie's Stash Vol. 2 (LP) Willie Nelson: Willie And The Boys - Willie's Stash Vol. 2 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY45360

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(2017/Sony Music) 12 Tracks - Mit bedruckter Innenhülle in schwarz-weiß! Willie Nelson And The Boys ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen Willie Nelson und seinen Söhnen Lukas und Micah. Diese Veröffentlichung ist der zweite Teil der Serie...
21,95 €
Countryman (CD) Willie Nelson: Countryman (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOC13378

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(2017/Lost Highway) 12 Tracks - Ein karibisches Country Album mit einem Cannabisblatt auf dem Cover! Das ist Country des Texaners Willie Nelson mit einem Hauch von Reggae. Hierauf befindet sich ein Gastauftritt des jamaikanischen...
15,95 €
You Don't Know Me - The Songs Of Cindy Walker (CD) Willie Nelson: You Don't Know Me - The Songs Of Cindy Walker (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOC13478

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(2017/Lost Highway) 13 Tracks - Cindy Walker ist eine der großartigsten und erfolgreichsten Songwriter der Geschichte der Country Music gewesen (über 500 ihrer Songs wurden aufgenommen). In den 40ern, Nelsons Teenager Jahren, schrieb...
15,95 €
Teatro - The Complete Sessions (CD & DVD) Willie Nelson: Teatro - The Complete Sessions (CD & DVD) Art-Nr.: CDMCR920

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(2017/Island Records) 21 tracks on the CD and 14 tracks on the DVD - Originally released in 1998, Teatro found Willie Nelson and producer/collaborator Daniel Lanois experimenting with rhythms and flavors as never before. Recorded at a...
26,95 €
Willie's Stash, Vol.2 (CD) Willie Nelson: Willie's Stash, Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD453612

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(2017/Sony Music) 12 tracks - Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson
17,95 €
All Of Me (CD) Willie Nelson: All Of Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY487873

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(Columbia) 18 Tracks - Willie sings the standards, 1978-1997. Sony Music UK release
24,95 € 29,95 €
Live Dallas Texas KAFM-FM Radio Show (2-CD) Willie Nelson: Live Dallas Texas KAFM-FM Radio Show (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHS1010

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(2015/Hotspur) 46 tracks
9,95 €
Rarities Vol.1 (CD) Willie Nelson: Rarities Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDGA210

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(2010/Great American Music Company) 18 tracks
6,95 € 14,95 €
God's Problem Child (LP) Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY541574

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(2017/Columbia) 13 tracks. - Auch im stolzen Alter von 83 Jahren lässt es Willie Nelson sich nicht nehmen, die Countrygemeinde mit neuer Musik zu versorgen. Mit »God’s Problem Child« präsentiert der legendäre Sänger, Gitarrist und...
21,95 €
God's Problem Child (CD) Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY541573

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(2017/Columbia) 13 tracks - Auch im stolzen Alter von 83 Jahren lässt es Willie Nelson sich nicht nehmen, die Countrygemeinde mit neuer Musik zu versorgen. Mit »God’s Problem Child« präsentiert der legendäre Sänger, Gitarrist und...
16,95 €
For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (CD) Willie Nelson: For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY531552

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(Sony Legacy) 12 tracks - digisleeve - For The Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price. Willie's Tribut an den legendären und langjährigen Freund, Ray Price. Neue Interpretationen von 12 Songs, mit denen Ray Price bekannt geworden ist...
5,95 € 12,95 €
Mr. Record Man (CD) Willie Nelson: Mr. Record Man (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3695

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(2016/Jasmine) 27 tracks. Die frühen Singles - A- und B-Seiten.
14,95 €
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (LP) Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY518895

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(2016/Sony) 11 tracks.
29,95 €
Summertime - Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Willie Nelson: Summertime - Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Art-Nr.: CDSNY516705

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(2016/Sony) 11 tracks. Willie Nelson singt Lieder und zeitlose Klassiker von dem Songschreiber Duo George und Ira Gershwin!
16,95 €
The Essential (2-CD) Willie Nelson: The Essential (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY304040

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(2015/Sony) 45 tracks. 2-CD Set von einem der Größten der Country Musik mit allen seinen Hits aus seiner mehr als 50-jährigen Karriere.
19,95 €
Mein Leben - Eine lange Geschichte Willie Nelson: Mein Leben - Eine lange Geschichte Art-Nr.: 0014017

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(Heyne) Willie Nelson mit David Ritz, Deutsch, Gebunden, 448 Seiten, 220x145mm. Aus dem Amerikanischen von Jörn Ingwersen. Willie Nelson ist unbestritten eine der großen amerikanischen Ikonen der Musikgeschichte. Und er ist eine echte...
22,99 €
Django & Jimmie Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard: Django & Jimmie Art-Nr.: CDSNY509378

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(2015/Sony) 14 Titel- digisleeve. Zwei der größten Country-Stars der letzten 50 Jahre, Willie Nelson und Merle Haggard, haben erneut ein gemeinsames Studioalbum aufgenommen. Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2015 – vier Wochen nach Willie...
16,95 €
On The Road Again - The Best Of (2-CD) Willie Nelson: On The Road Again - The Best Of (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY72222

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(2010/SONY) 32 tracks
12,95 €
December Day Willie Nelson: December Day Art-Nr.: CDSNY501701

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(2014/Sony) 18 tracks produced by Buddy Cannon - digipac. Das Album 'December Day' ist das Ergebnis der interfamiliären Kollaboration zwischen Outlaw Country Legende Willie Nelson und seiner Schwester Bobbie Nelson: gemeinsam nahmen die...
15,95 €
Storm Has Just Begun Willie Nelson: Storm Has Just Begun Art-Nr.: LPCLP738

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(2014/Cleopatra) 12 tracks.
24,95 €
Pretty Paper Willie Nelson: Pretty Paper Art-Nr.: LPFRI213618

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(2014/Friday Music)
35,95 €
December Day (2x180g Vinyl) Gatefold Cover Willie Nelson: December Day (2x180g Vinyl) Gatefold Cover Art-Nr.: LPSNY502952

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(2014/Sony) 18 tracks.
37,95 €
It Will Come To Pass - The Metaphysical Worlds Willie Nelson: It Will Come To Pass - The Metaphysical Worlds Art-Nr.: CDOMNI179

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(2014/OMNI) 28 tracks RCA 1960/70s
18,95 €
Band Of Brothers Willie Nelson: Band Of Brothers Art-Nr.: CDSNY301921

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(2014/Sony Legacy) 14 tracks produced by Buddy Cannon. digisleeve Der lang erwartete Nachfolger von „To All The Girls...“ ist knapp zwanzig Jahre nach „Spirit“ von 1996 das erste Album des Künstlers, das überwiegend neues Songmaterial...
15,95 €
Band Of Brothers - 180g Vinyl Willie Nelson: Band Of Brothers - 180g Vinyl Art-Nr.: LPSNY305701

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(2014/Sony Legacy) 14 tracks.
24,95 €
To All The Girls Willie Nelson: To All The Girls Art-Nr.: CDSNY376998

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To All The Girls ...' vereint zwei der ganz großen Vorlieben des ewig jung gebliebenen Willie Nelson: gute Songs und talentierte Frauen. Jahrzehnte voller emotionaler Momente bei Konzerten und voller Lovesongs aus Willie Nelson's Feder...
15,95 €
Let's Face The Music And Dance 180g HQ Vinyl Willie Nelson & Family: Let's Face The Music And Dance 180g HQ Vinyl Art-Nr.: LPSNY546953

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(2013/LEGACY) 14 tracks Ein brandneues Album von WILLIE NELSON bringt Musikliebhaber auf der ganzen Welt dazu, in die Hände zu klatschen. „Let's Face The Music And Dance' ist das Geschenk, das NELSON zu seinem 80. Geburtstag der Welt...
24,95 €
Stardust (CD&T-Shirt L) Threads & Grooves Willie Nelson: Stardust (CD&T-Shirt L) Threads & Grooves Art-Nr.: CDSNY545963

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(2013/SONY) 12 tracks
12,95 € 23,95 €
Playlist (CD&T-Shirt L) Threads And Grooves Willie Nelson: Playlist (CD&T-Shirt L) Threads And Grooves Art-Nr.: CDSNY545140

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23,95 €
Let's Face The Music And Dance (CD) Willie Nelson & Family: Let's Face The Music And Dance (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY542585

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(Sony Music) 14 tracks (48:22) aufgenommen im Pedernales Studio, Texas und produziert von Buddy Cannon. Lässiges, cooles Album mit schönen Balladen, schmissigen Shuffles und Swingern. Klasse !***** - auch als Vinyl LP erhältlich LP SNY...
7,95 € 15,95 €
The Classic Christmas Album Willie Nelson: The Classic Christmas Album Art-Nr.: CD453123

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(2012/SONY AUS) 16 tracks, recorded 1979-97
15,95 €
Heroes (2x180g Vinyl) Gatefold - Klappcover Willie Nelson: Heroes (2x180g Vinyl) Gatefold - Klappcover Art-Nr.: LPYEP2294

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(2012/YEP-ROC) 14 tracks
29,75 €
Willie & The Wheel Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel: Willie & The Wheel Art-Nr.: LPPROP06606

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17,50 €
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis - Two Men With The Blues (2-LP) Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis - Two Men With... Art-Nr.: LPBN44541

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(2008/Blue Note) 10 tracks, Klappcover. - Es waren Gipfeltreffen zweier amerikanischer Ikonen, Willie Nelson und Wynton Marsalis - was der eine für die Countrymusik ist, ist der andere für den Jazz. Mehr als nur Giganten ihres Fachs,...
24,95 € 29,95 €
Lost Highway (2-LP) Willie Nelson: Lost Highway (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LP1325401

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(2009/LOST HIGHWAY) 17 tracks - Gatefold/Klappcover
21,50 €
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Wer war/ist Willie Nelson ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD und mehr

Willie Nelson

Geboren am 30. 4. 1933 in Abbott, Texas, USA.

Willie Nelson spielte bereits als Kind und Jugendlicher in Country-Bands. Er ist einer der größten Stars des Genres überhaupt und war bis heute mit über 100 Singles in den US-Country-Charts vertreten.

Nach der Veröffentlichung seiner Debüt-45er 'Lumberjack' 1956 siedelte er nach Nashville über, wo er eigene Demos verkaufte und damit seine Autoren-Karriere einläutete. 1961 spielte er mit Ray Price bei den Cherokee Cowboys. Er schrieb erste Hits für Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline und Faron Young. Nelson ließ sich nach seiner Heirat mit Shirley Collie als Schweinefarmer in Ridgetop, Tennessee, nieder. Er trat bis heute mit stilistisch so unterschiedlichen Kollegen wie Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Neil Young und Julio Iglesias in Duetten auf.

Mit Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings und Kris Kristofferson spielt er, neben seiner Solo-Karriere, unter dem Namen The Highwaymen. 1978 Gründung des eigenen Labels Lone Star. Nelson stand Anfang der 90er Jahre mit rund 16 Millionen Dollar Schulden bei der US-Steuerbehörde in der Kreide. 1991: Hochzeit mit Annie D'Angelo. Die Zahl von Nelsons eingespielten Songs liegt jenseits der 1000er-Marke.

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Willie Nelson


1964 through 1972 were eight of Nashville’s more unsettled years.The pop-oriented ‘Nashville Sound’ pioneered by Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley had been adopted by much of the industry. In the late 1950s, after rock ‘n’ roll knocked the entire Nashville music industry off its shaky foundation, that smoother, more sophisticated sound had saved Nashville by expanding country records to grab pop record buyers. It made Don Gibson, Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline greater stars than they’d been singing hard country alone. By 1964, that initial rush of creativity had slowed. Plane crashes claimed two top exponents, Cline in 1963, Reeves in the summer of 1964. At that point, Eddy Arnold, whose string of massive hits diminished in the wake of Elvis, was about to make a dramatic comeback with elaborately orchestrated ballads like Make The World Go Away, light years from the intimate dignity of his 1940s hits. Ray Price had already begun to occasionally wrap a string quartet around the Cherokee Cowboys on many of his recording sessions, attracting new fans but sending many older ones stomping off in disgust.

Not even a honkytonk giant of George Jones’s stature was immune from Nashville sound production. Onstage, it was Texas honkytonk business as usual, the fiddle and steel whining behind him. The recording studio was another matter. Pappy Daily, his discoverer and only producer, forced Jones into the softer mold at United Artists and later at Musicor Records. He continued in that mode with Billy Sherrill after joining Epic in 1970.

A few wild cards counteracted the syrupy side of things, since the country audience divided as it expanded. As Price slithered out of his rhinestone skin into tuxes, a West Coast honky-tonk cyclone, unstoppable as the dust storms that drove Texans and Okies to California in the first place, roared out of Bakersfield. The success of Buck Owens, followed by the rise of Merle Haggard, reflected the belief of many fans that some of the pop stuff was going too far afield, that Nashville needed an alternative. A second alternative came from within Music City with the rise of Johnny Cash. Popular for nearly a decade, his no-frills music and phenomenally successful 1967 ‘Folsom Prison’ LP weren’t as surprising to Nashville as his acceptance by pop audiences.

On 16th Avenue South, Atkins and Bradley continued setting the pace. At Columbia, Don Law was retiring, and though Bob Johnston was his immediate successor, the label’s rising star was clearly Billy Sherrill, the former R&B musician and Sam Phillips’ engineer who took over much of the production for Columbia’s Epic subsidiary. Nearly all Nashville producers saw the softer sound as the strongest and simplest formula for putting across a new artist quickly. It explained why artists were counseled to trust their producer, who usually picked material (unless the singer was one potent writer) and offered ‘direction’. If a producer happened to have written some of the recommended songs, or at least own an interest in publishing songs they pushed on artists, it was a conflict of interest routinely winked at around 16th Avenue South.

There was one huge problem. Assuming that one sound could fit any singer was an idea that didn’t always work out in practice. Convincing the men in the control room that ooh-aah choruses and muted strings just didn’t work with everyone was quite another matter.

That was the world Willie Nelson faced in 1964.

At 31, he was one of Nashville’s top writers, whose songs had been hits for many, including Patsy Cline, Billy Walker and Faron Young. Like other writers of his generation, Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran among them, his recording career had been less impressive. He’d started his singing career before Hank Williams died. His early recordings in Washington State and Houston went unnoticed. Only after moving to Nashville in 1960 and crafting such standards as Crazy, Funny How Time Slips Away and Hello Walls did he land a major label deal with Liberty. After a Top Ten duet single and a solo Top Ten hit, both in 1962, his success on records quickly faded while he continued writing brilliant songs for others.

Song royalties gave Willie a farm in Ridgetop, Tennessee, northwest of Nashville, where he played the eccentric artist, living with an extended family, sustained by writers’ royalties and frequent touring. That would have satisfied many. But he still believed he had potential as a singer if someone gave him a chance. He still wanted to record, knowing he had it in him to succeed, even if many in Nashville regarded his weird vocal phrasing and unconventional attitude, disdain for spangled suits and mile-high pompadours, as a bit off base.It wasn’t like a successful, eccentric songwriter couldn’t become a recording star on his own terms. In 1964, Willie’s longtime pal Roger Miller had done just that, scoring big with Dang Me and Chug-A-Lug that year after unsuccessful stints on Mercury, Decca and RCA. King Of The Road in 1965 would take Roger far beyond the country crowd.

Willie spent a brief two-session period with Monument in 1964 before beginning eight years with RCA. Over those years, he’d enter the RCA Nashville studios for 44 solo sessions. Guitarist Chet Atkins, RCA’s Vice President in charge of Nashville Operations, probably understood unconventionality better than just about anyone in Nashville at the time. He appreciated Willie’s uniqueness. His challenge was to sell Nelson to a wider audience by integrating that uniqueness into the usual trends to make it acceptable, just as he had with Gibson and Reeves.

In Willie’s case, Atkins admittedly didn’t do very well. During those years, with himself or Felton Jarvis producing, a total of 15 Willie Nelson RCA singles charted, only two, One In A Row in 1965 and Bring Me Sunshine in 1968, breaking into ‘Billboard’s’ country Top Twenty. Eight of his LPs made it to the magazine’s Top Country Albums chart, only three rising into the Top Ten. At the time, the only area Willie enjoyed consistent popularity with his records was his home state of Texas.

Those eight years would leave the singer frustrated, a frustration that would ferment and expand, drilling into his mind the idea that he could produce better records on himself than anyone in Nashville could. He was not alone among RCA artists sick of the label’s assembly-line approach. His friend and fellow RCA artist Waylon Jennings, another who’d enjoyed only moderate success, had a similar idea. In the mid-1970s, Nashville would call it ‘Outlaw’, then act as if it were their idea all along and package old Waylon and Willie material with newer recordings. They’d also give country music its first platinum LP with the 1976 release ‘Wanted! The Outlaws’. Today, it's easy to see he and Waylon were right, and just as easy to blame Atkins and Jarvis for not knowing how to produce either one.

Would Willie have fared any better at any other major label in those years? That’s doubtful. Atkins correctly characterized Willie as being “ahead of his time.” From 1964 through 1972, Nelson hadn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of being understood anywhere but Texas. Today, the world understands the Lone Star State’s quirky musical eclecticism at the heart of Willie’s repertoire. 30 years ago, few outsiders and most of Nashville didn’t get it at all. True, Nashville accepted Texas singers, but ignored the culture that produced them, preferring to shove them into the mold.

That’s why it isn’t likely that results would have been any better for Willie artistically or commercially, had he been recording with Don Law at Columbia, for Ken Nelson or Marvin Hughes at Capitol, for Billy Sherrill at Epic, Owen Bradley at Decca or Jerry Kennedy at Mercury. The only Nashville producers in that era who stood a remote chance of understanding him would have been mavericks like Bob Johnston, who produced Johnny Cash at Columbia or Jack Clement, with his lifelong flair for the unconventional. Would an independent label have been the answer? Hardly, given the non-results during his brief stay at Monument.

Taken in the context of that era, Willie didn’t break a couple of Nashville rules. He broke a slew of them. At RCA, production of his records was usually formulaic even if his songs were unconventional. While recording his own tunes wasn’t a reach, at RCA he laid down a crazy quilt of material, mostly Nelson originals with country and pop standards mixed in. He occasionally covered others’ hits, with a few contemporary pop and rock songs and whatever else he liked thrown in for good measure. After he became an established force in both country and popular music, Willie’s varied repertoire and musical settings would be viewed as marvelous eclecticism. When he was recording for RCA, such variety was seen as eccentric at best.

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