Willie Nelson, a living legend if any, turns 80 today, probably smoking some weed, strumming a tune and generally having a good time. Ever prolific the country music icon recently released his new album Let's Face The Music And Dance, an excellent collection of (mostly) country standards, credited to Willie Nelson And Family. Below are a handful of Willie classics, to show just how important a figure he has been for popular music throughout his career, from writing the Patsy Cline evergreen "Crazy", through his "outlaw" years, and into old age where he's as good as ever. And he's as good at performing the songs of other writers as he's good at writing his own. Viva Willie!
Patsy Cline - "Crazy"
Willie Nelson - "Bring Me Sunshine"
Ray Price - "Night Life"
Elvis Presley - "Funny How Time Slips Away"
Willie Nelson - "Sad Songs And Waltzes"
Willie Nelson & Shania Twain - "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"
Waylon & Willie - Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Willie Nelson - "All Of Me"
Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"
Willie Nelson - "Always On My Mind"
Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson - "Pancho & Lefty"
Willie Nelson - "City Of New Orleans"
Neil Young & Willie Nelson - "Are There Any More Real Cowboys"
The Highwaymen - "Highwayman"
Willie Nelson & Sinéad O'Connor - "Don't Give Up"
Willie Nelson - "Still Is Still Moving To Me"
Willie Nelson & Emmyou Harris - "The Maker"
Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack - "Mendocino County Line"
Willie Nelson - "Louisiana"
Willie Nelson And Family - "Let's Face The Music And Dance"