Willie Nelson, one of the nation’s most important songwriters and singers, was born in Abbott, a tiny town in Hill County. One of his first songs, Crazy, was recorded by Patsy Cline in 1961. Not until 10 years later did Nelson record his first album, Yesterday’s Wine. He quickly became a major draw for audiences everywhere. Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. In the 1980s he started Farm Aid, a program that helps hard-strapped farmers keep their land. He also has appeared in movies, including Wag the Dog, and is part of a group called Highwaymen with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Nelson has recorded more than 200 albums. He lives near Austin.