Country Music Legend Willie Nelson Celebrates His 88th Birthday

Busayo Ogunjimi
Apr 30, 2021
01:30 P.M.
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Iconic country music star Willie Nelson celebrated his 88th birthday on Thursday and gifted his fans with a playlist of his greatest songs recorded at Austin City Limits. 

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On Thursday, legendary country musician Willie Nelson marked his 88th birthday. To celebrate another trip around the sun, he shared a video of him performing one of his hit songs live on Austin City Limits in 1979. In the post's caption, he wrote

"Celebrate Willie's 88th birthday by diving into an Austin City Limits rabbit hole! New today is 'Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground' recorded at ACL in 1979."

Willie Nelson performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala. | Photo: Getty Images

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He added that his fans could watch a playlist of his greatest songs done live from "the house he built" on his YouTube channel. The octogenarian further urged fans to subscribe to his channel.

Many of the crooner's fans took turns to wish him a happy birthday in the post's comment section, expressing their love for him as they did. 

One fan said they are humbled to exist in the same lifetime as Nelson, while another person thanked him for his music, adding that they helped heal their soul and aided their growth over the years. 

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Nelson was born on April 29, 1933. His birthplace is Abbott, a small town north of Waco. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the United States Air Force. 

Nelson showed his love for humanity when he came up with a unique way to get more free face masks.

He spent eight months in the USAF before studying at Baylor University, where he studied agriculture. He dropped out of college and worked as a DJ. he also wrote and played music occasionally. 

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He moved to the Austin area in the 1970s and started finding success as a recording artist. He rose to prominence and has released many famous songs, including "Whisker Rover," "Good Hearted Woman," and "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die." 

Nelson's fans love him for many reasons. He possesses an extraordinary talent that continues to amaze to this day. This can be seen with his diverse and well-written music style. 

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Nelson also has a heart for his home state of Texas and working people and has given back to society multiple times, notably with the Farm Aid Concerts. 

In April 2020, Nelson showed his love for humanity when he came up with a unique way to get more free face masks out to the public after receiving a hand-sewn one from Tanya Boike. 

Nelson signed his name on the masks and auctioned them off so that the money could go towards producing and distributing more free personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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