Born on this day in 1933 in Abbott, Texas, was Willie Nelson, country music singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30.
Nelson was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms.
He’s an icon and we love him!