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Willie Nelson is Turning 80!

This Tuesday, on April 30th, Willie Nelson turns 80 years old. Yes. 80 years old. Rolling Stone did a great piece about the celebratory concert that will air as a Crossroads special to honor Willie. (How could it not be a celebratory concert?!)

The concert was held and taped at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville. Rolling Stone reports that when Jack White introduced Willie to the crowd of fans, family, and musicians (oh the overlaps!) he simply said, “Nothing says America like the man that’s gonna play.”

Willie performed duets with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe and Leon Russell. The episode is expected to air in late June on CMT.

Willie Gives Back

At the core Willie Nelson has always been about giving back. In 1985 Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.

Every year Willie has a big birthday bash in Austin. This year his party, held today on April 28th, will benefit the volunteer fire department of West, Texas, where last week a fertilizer plant explosion left 14 dead and many injured.

From Willie Nelson’s Website:
“West is just a few miles from my hometown of Abbott. I was born and raised here and it was my backyard growing up. This is my community. These friends and neighbors have always been and are still apart of my life. My heart is praying for the community that we call home.” – Willie Nelson

To celebrate Willie Nelson turning 80 many celebrities have taken to video to record him special birthday messages. You can also leave him a message. The details are on his website, as well as details about making donations to charities that he supports.

Happy birthday Willie Nelson!

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    Happy 80th birthday to Willie Nelson

    Earlier this month Willie Nelson released a new album, Let's Face the Music and Dance. It is heavily influenced by old standards. He wanted to do a an album that honored the kind of music that he and his sister Bobbie grew up on. 

     

    Look at this great album preview that gives some unique insights into his process of recording. 

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

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    Tony Bennett wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    86 year old Tony Bennett keeps it classy in his birthday tribute to Willie.  He says, "you believe in the melody and the harmony..." See what else Tony has to say to Willie

     

    Image Credit: PCN

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    Snoop Lion wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    If you watch any birthday video to Willie this is the one to watch. It's pretty laugh out loud and just as you would imagine a video message would be from Snoop to Willie. Yup. 

     

    (This video contains scenes that may not be suitable for small children. It's Snoop.)

     

    Image Credit: PCN

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    Norah Jones wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Norah sings Happy Birthday to Willie! So lovely.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Ringo 5 of 11
    Ringo wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Ringo tries to get into the cowboy mode for his birthday message to Willie. Hilarity ensues! This is another must watch.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Iggy Pop 6 of 11
    Iggy Pop wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Iggy thanks Willie for the music and for having an open mind about all kinds of people in his birthday message.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

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    Sheryl Crow wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Sheryl says that Willie makes 80 look beautiful in her short and sweet message to him. She participated in several duets with him that will air in late June on CMT in a special Crossroads episode.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

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    Kenny Chesney wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Kenny thanks Willie for everything that he does for the American farmer in his birthday message to Willie. He includes some sweet photos and you can see that the guys have a true friendship.

     

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Sting 9 of 11
    Sting wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Sting's message to Willie made me laugh. It begins, "I think we only met once in the 80's..."

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Sandra Bernhard 10 of 11
    Sandra Bernhard wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Sandra tells Willie that he is one of the sexiest rockers that she knows. That says a lot. See what else she has to say in her birthday message to Willie

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Carrie Underwood 11 of 11
    Carrie Underwood wishes Willie Nelson a happy birthday

    Short, sweet, and simple. Carrie's birthday message to Willie is quick!

     

    Image Credit: PR Photo

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