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Country Singer and Songwriter Willie Nelson

Nelson grew up picking cotton, and got his start as a musician playing in local Texas bars. Before finding fame as a singer, he sold songs he wrote to other performers, which later became hits. Nelson has a new memoir, called Willie, and an album of standards titled What a Wonderful World.

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Other segments from the episode on October 24, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 24, 1988: Interview with Willie Nelson; Commentary on jazz standards; Interview with Jane Stern and Michael Stern; Review of the fall television season.

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