Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1981 "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" lifted Willie Nelson to #1 on the Billboard country chart?

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Here are 5 little known truths about Willie Nelson.

  • Willie was raised by his grandparents, Alfred and Nancy Nelson, who both studied music courses through the mail from the Chicago Music Institute.
  • For his first-ever public performance, at 5 years old, Willie recited a poem.  Because he was so nervous about reciting the poem, Willie picked his nose until it bled, earning him the nickname "Booger Red."
  • In addition to a stint in the Air Force, Willie has worked as a cotton picker, saddle maker, disc jockey and Bible, vacuum cleaner and encyclopedia salesman.
  • Willie Nelson's trusty acoustic guitar, named Trigger after cowboy star Roy Rogers' horse, is a 1969 Martin N-20.
  • Willie's sister Bobbie, who plays piano in his band, is two years older.