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Willie Nelson Born in 1933

Norah Jones was introduced to country music at a very early age by her grandmother, a Southern lady, during visits to her home in Oklahoma. One of the genre’s biggest names, Willie Nelson became a major source of inspiration for her.

To discover Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was born in 1933 in Abbott, a town in rural Texas. His grandparents introduced him to the country music of the Deep South, presenting him with his first guitar at the age of six. The man known for performing “On the Road Again” is a country music icon and a symbol of the South in general – he has even played Southern characters, the best known being Uncle Jesse in the TV film The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.

Willie Nelson’s name is associated with “outlaw country,” a new genre that broke away from the traditional rhythmic constraints of the Nashville sound. In the 1970s, with Waylon Jennings, he recorded the movement’s flagship album: Wanted! The Outlaws (1976). It was the first country album to go platinum.

Norah Jones participated in a band called The Little Willies in his honor, and when asked to name her favorite songs, mentioned “Night Life” and “Funny How Time Slips Away” from the album Country Willie – His Own Songs (1965).

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