Willie Nelson in rare footage like you've never seen him before
The 85-year-old musician, songwriter, and actor, Willie Nelson, is one of the most recognized country artists alive.
Nelson's long hair is almost as famous as he is and it's a look he adopted a few decades ago but new footage revealed that it wasn't always his signature look.
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NELSON'S TRADEMARK HAIR
Nelson said in an interview with Southern Living last year that his hair takes him a bit longer to braid every day and that he's sometimes tempted to cut the braids clean off.
When asked if he always wanted long hair Nelson said it's a more a case of not wanting to get it cut because "going to the barbershop was one of the hardest things" he had to do as a kid.
That said, there was a time a few decades ago when Nelson sported a clean-shaven look and a neat, trimmed hairstyle.
Willie Nelson in the mid-1960's. Before the braids and bandanna. pic.twitter.com/zvyC6QtjVJ— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) May 1, 2014
HIS EARLY (CLEAN-SHAVEN) YEARS
Country Music Daily shared the video on their Facebook page, and it shows Nelson entertaining the crowd at the Grand Ole Opry back in the early sixties.
Nelson looks utterly unrecognizable in the recording, and it's only when you close your eyes and listen to his voice that you realize it truly is Nelson sitting on the stage in that natty suit.
Nelson had moved to Nashville only two years before that performance, and the highlight of his career had been writing "Crazy" for Patsy Cline.
Willie Nelson before his legendary acoustic guitar "Trigger", the long braids and beard. (early 60's) pic.twitter.com/XlhP2ihoY2— Groovy History (@GroovyHistory) October 18, 2017
He also wrote "Pretty Paper" for Roy Orbison and "Funny How Time Slips Away" for Billy Walker and often uses his music as a platform for his activism.
Nelson wrote a song titled "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond Of Each Other," to show his support for the LGBT movement and his 73rd studio album was released earlier this year.
Nelson has been married to his fourth wife since the early nineties, and they share two sons - Lukas and Micah Nelson.