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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings - 100% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Television Music Videos & Concerts Country & Bluegrass Westerns Pop / Rock Soundtracks Drama Comedy
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Wayland Arnold Jennings, 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, USA, d. 13 February 2002, Arizona, USA. Jennings’ mother wanted to name him Tommy but his father, William Alvin, insisted that the family tradition of ‘W.A.’ should be maintained. His father played guitar in Texas dancehalls and Jennings’ childhood hero was Ernest Tubb, with whom he later recorded Read more

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard - 91% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Television Comedy Documentaries Action & Adventure Christian & Gospel Kids & Family Music & Radio Pop / Rock
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6 April 1937, Bakersfield, California, USA. ‘Like a razor’s edge, Merle Haggard sings’ is how John Stewart described his voice in ‘Eighteen Wheels’, and that razor has been honed by his rough and rowdy ways. In the 30s Haggard’s parents migrated from the Dustbowl to ‘the land of milk and honey’, California. Life, however, was almost a Read more

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson - 74% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Drama Action & Adventure Country & Bluegrass Westerns Music Videos & Concerts Kids & Family Documentaries Pop / Rock Comedy Country & Bluegrass Television Mystery / Thriller Holiday & Seasonal Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Sci-Fi / Fantasy Soundtracks Christian & Gospel Easy Listening
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Kristoffer Kristofferson, 22 June 1936, Brownsville, Texas, USA. Kristofferson, a key figure in the ‘New Nashville’ country movement of the early 70s, began his singing career in Europe. Previously a Golden Gloves boxer and a Creative Literature student at Ponoma College in California, Kristofferson earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford Universi Read more

George Jones - 61% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Holiday & Seasonal Christian & Gospel Pop / Rock Television World Music Soundtracks Comedy Jazz Music & Radio
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George Glenn Jones, 12 September 1931, Saratoga, Texas, USA. Jones is the greatest of honky tonk singers but he has also been a victim of its lifestyle. He learned guitar in his youth, and in 1947, was hired by the husband-and-wife duo Eddie And Pearl. This developed into his own radio programme and a fellow disc jockey, noting his close-set eyes and upturned nose, nicknamed Read more

The Highwaymen - 60% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
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The Highwaymen - 60% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Folk Country & Bluegrass
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Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn - 56% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Television Drama Holiday & Seasonal Country & Bluegrass Christian & Gospel
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Loretta Webb, 14 April 1935, Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA. Lynn is a coalminer’s daughter, being the second of the eight children of Ted and Clara Webb. She is one-quarter Cherokee and her name came from her mother’s fondness for movie star Loretta Young. She was raised in a small shack during the Depression and was attracted to country music as an 11-year-old, wh Read more

Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver - 54% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Drama Music Videos & Concerts Comedy
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16 September 1941, Corsicana, Texas, USA. Shaver was raised in Waco, Texas, and lost two fingers in a sawmill accident. In typically contradictory fashion, he took up bronc-busting as a safer job and started to learn guitar. An early song, ‘Two Bits Worth Of Nothing’, was written about his wife - a woman he has both married and divorced three times! Shaver spent so Read more

Hank Williams - 52% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Drama Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Music & Radio Christian & Gospel Soundtracks
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Hiram (misspelled on birth certificate as Hiriam) Williams, 17 September 1923, Georgiana, Alabama, USA, d. 1 January 1953, on the road between Montgomery, Alabama and Oak Hill, West Virginia, USA. Misspelling notwithstanding, Williams disliked the name and took to calling himself Hank. He was born with a spine defect that troubled him throughout his life, and which was furth Read more

Bobby Bare - 47% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass
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Robert Joseph Bare, 7 April 1935, Ironton, Ohio, USA. Bare was raised on a farm; his mother died when he was five, and his sister was adopted. As an adolescent, he dreamed of being Hank Williams: ‘then Hank died and I didn’t want to be like him no more’. Nevertheless, he started songwriting and secured an early morning radio spot, and later worked on televisio Read more

Emmylou Harris - 45% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal World Music Musicals & The Arts Documentaries Drama Holiday & Seasonal
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2 April 1947, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Harris was raised in North Carolina, later attending the University Of North Carolina on a drama scholarship. Starting as a folk singer, Harris tried her luck in the late 60s in New York’s Greenwich Village folk clubs, making an album for the independent Jubilee label in 1970. Gliding Bird was largely unrepresentative of her subse Read more

Guy Clark - 44% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Folk Music Videos & Concerts
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6 November 1941, Rockport, Texas, USA. Clark has achieved considerably more fame as a songwriter than as a performer, although he is revered by his nucleus of fans internationally. Brought up in the hamlet of Monahans, Texas, Clark worked in television during the 60s, and later as a photographer - his work appeared on albums released by the Texan-based International Artists Read more

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam - 42% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Drama Comedy Action & Adventure Westerns Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Mystery / Thriller Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television War
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23 October 1956, Pikeville, Kentucky, USA. Much of Yoakam’s hip honky tonk music paved the way for rock audiences accepting country music in the 90s. A singer-songwriter with an early love of the honky-tonk country music of Buck Owens and Lefty Frizzell, he has always shown a distinct antipathy towards the Nashville pop/country scene. Read more

John Prine - 41% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Folk Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass
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10 October 1946, Maywood, Illinois, USA. His grandfather had played with Merle Travis, and Prine himself started playing guitar at the age of 14. He then spent time in college, worked as a postman for five years, and spent two years in the army. He began his musical career around 1970, singing in clubs in the Chicago area. Prine signed to Atlantic Records in 1971, releasing Read more

Johnny Paycheck - 41% match to Willie Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paycheck’s 1977 country hit, ‘I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)’, is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the pictur Read more

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