Willie Nelson struggled to find mainstream country singing success, while serving as one of Nashville's most popular songwriters behind the scenes. It wasn't until Nelson embraced his singular style that he found stardom as the king of outlaw country. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this music legend.
Where was Willie born, back in 1933?
Willie Nelson calls the Lone Star State home. He was born on April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas -- where he was raised by his grandparents.
Willie's sister Bobbie has performed with him many times over the years, and she also helped him join his first band. She was dating lead singer Bud Fletcher of Bud Fletcher and the Texans back when brother Willie joined the band in 1947. Bobbie and Bud later married.
Which of these classic country songs did Willie write?
You may be surprised to learn just how many big country hits Nelson penned as he tried to make it as a singer in Nashville. In addition to Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Nelson wrote "Hello Walls," "Pretty Paper," and "Funny How Time Slips Away."
After some success at Atlantic Records, Nelson moved to Columbia Records, where he released his first platinum album 'Red Headed Stranger" in 1975. The album went to number one on the country charts and even hit number forty on the pop charts.
What title did Nelson choose for his first Christmas album?
"The First Noel"
In 1963, Nelson wrote the song "Pretty Paper" for Roy Orbison. When Nelson was ready to release his first Christmas album in 1979, he included a cover of the tune and used the title "Pretty Paper" for the album.
Who did Willie duet with on "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"?
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings had a smash hit in 1978 with their duet of "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." They even won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Duo or Group for the song.
What supergroup was Nelson a part of in the mid-'80s?
Willie Nelson teamed up with Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to form The Highwaymen in the '80s. They were inspired to form the group after performing together for a Johnny Cash Christmas show in 1984.
Nelson got in big trouble with the IRS in 1990, learning that he owed one of the biggest past-due tax bills in history. He sold "Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes," to pay off a $16 million tax bill.
In what year was Nelson inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame?
Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, at the age of 60. He was also inducted into the National Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011, for his contributions to the field of farming.
Which of these products has never been for sale under the Willie Nelson name?
In 2004, Wilson introduced BioWillie, a brand of biodiesel made from soybeans and other vegetables. Starting in 2015, he put his name on Willie's Reserve -- a brand of marijuana sold in states where the drug has been legalized.
Willie Nelson has long supported the group NORML -- National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws -- and even serves on the group's board. NORML aims to end federal prohibition against marijuana.