A Slice Of Texas
“This is your ol’ cotton pickin’, snuff dippin’, tobacco chewin’, dumplin’ eatin’, frog giggin’ hillbilly from Hill County!” was his 1954 opening line as he began his new career as a Texas DJ. And here at Texansunited.com we are excited to bring you another Slice of Texas.
He was born April 30, 1933, in Abbot, Texas, his father a traveling mechanic. After graduating from high school, he spent nine months in the air force before being discharged with back problems. It wasn’t long until he was enrolled in a part-time farming program at Baylor University, and how history would have been altered had he actually become a farmer!
However, it wasn’t to be. Young Willie’s real career had been put into motion when at the age of ten he began performing with a Polka band. But, it was not until 1972 that Willie Nelson actually found his niche in country music by becoming the Red Headed Stranger.
He grew his hair until he could wear it in long braids, adopted frayed jeans and a T-shirt as stage attire, and eventually was branded along with Waylon Jennings as one of the “Outlaws.” Today, a statue of the singer sits in downtown Austin, a tribute to the DJ turned country music great.
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