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    14 Reasons To Love Willie Nelson

    Happy 80th Birthday! Thank you for the many decades of music making.

    1. He was surprisingly straitlaced when he was young Willie.

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    2. He was a pioneer in outlaw country music, which challenged the conservative Nashville music scene.

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    3. He played a veteran country musician performer in this movie.

    4. He was in a supergroup with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

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    5. He started Willie Nelson's Biodiesel that makes fuel for trucks out of vegetable oil.

    6. He supported same-sex marriage in the most awesome way possible.

    7. This happened.

    8. He fights for marijuana legalization and is co-chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

    9. He got out of jail time with a song.

    10. After he was arrested in 2010 for possession of marijuana, he created the Tea Pot Party.

    11. After 9/11, Nelson led the song "America the Beautiful" at America: A Tribute to Heroes.

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    12. He loves horses.

    13. He lives on Maui near Woody Harrelson and Kris Kristofferson.

    14. He named his book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.