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Neil Young, Willie Nelson to protest pipeline with concert

Neil Young, Willie Nelson to protest pipeline with concert

NELIGH, Neb., Aug. 19 (UPI) --Neil Young and Willie Nelson will headline a "Harvest the Hope" concert in September to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.
Annie Martin
Johnny Depp joins Willie Nelson onstage in Boston

Johnny Depp joins Willie Nelson onstage in Boston

BOSTON, June 22 (UPI) --Johnny Depp played guitar during Willie Nelson's whole set at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston last week.
Kate Stanton
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By United Press International
Willie Nelson inducted into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson inducted into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 (UPI) -- Austin City Limits inducts its first hall of fame class.
Danielle Haynes
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee

March 13 (UPI) -- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will receive an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Annie Martin
Dave Grohl to reunite with NIN, QotSA for Grammys

Dave Grohl to reunite with NIN, QotSA for Grammys

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- This year's Grammy Awards is going out with a bang.
Gabrielle Levy
SeaWorld fights back against 'Blackfish' allegations

SeaWorld fights back against 'Blackfish' allegations

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- SeaWorld has taken out ads in U.S. newspapers defending itself against allegations it mistreats its whales made in CNN's documentary, "Blackfish."
.38 Special drops out of SeaWorld concert series

.38 Special drops out of SeaWorld concert series

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The band .38 Special has become the eighth major music act to bow out of a planned concert series at Florida's SeaWorld Orlando.

McBride, 7 others, cancel SeaWorld act amid pressure from documentary

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Martina McBride, along with six other acts, said she has backed out a SeaWorld Orlando (Fla.) festival due to the documentary "Blackfish."
REO Speedwagon backs out of SeaWorld show

REO Speedwagon backs out of SeaWorld show

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Rock band REO Speedwagon is the latest act to back out of a planned February show at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., TMZ reported Friday.
Trisha Yearwood cancels SeaWorld appearance

Trisha Yearwood cancels SeaWorld appearance

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Trisha Yearwood is the latest musical act to pull out of the Bands, Brew and BBQ event to take place at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in February, TMZ reported.

Heart cancels gig at SeaWorld over 'Blackfish'

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. rock band Heart said they canceled a February concert at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in response to the documentary "Blackfish."

Three Willie Nelson band members hurt in Texas bus crash

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Three members of Willie Nelson's band, The Family, were injured Saturday when a bus they were riding in crashed in east Texas, police said.
'Lightning Bolt' by Pearl Jam tops U.S. album chart

'Lightning Bolt' by Pearl Jam tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
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Country singer Willie Nelson performs during a concert at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD on June 14, 2005. Music icons Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are teaming up for a series of concerts at minor league baseball stadiums. (UPI Photo / Kamenko Pajic)
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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He 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.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Fiddlers as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1965 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry. After mid-chart hits during the end of 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, and the failure to succeed in music, Nelson retired in 1971 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of Hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

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