HALF NELSON: Willie Nelson’s Spotlight Album

half nelsonSix decades of music, 200 albums recorded, and one of the most influential singer/songwriters of all-time, Willie Nelson is a true American treasure.   Just think about those numbers for a second. Incredibly, the first songs that he ever wrote were Patsy Cline’s Crazy, Funny How Time Flies, and Hello Walls.   Those three songs alone made him a songwriting legend, tack on another 55 yrs. of hits that changed country music forever.

half nelson BIn 1985, Willie released a landmark album called Half Nelson that featured 10 duets with some of the greatest singers of the era.  Carlos Santana (They All Went To Mexico) and Julio Iglesias (To All The Girls) were Willie’s foray into the Latin market.   70’s legends, Neil Young (Are There Any More Real Cowboys) and Leon Russell (Honky Tonk Women) joined Willie plus you have Hank Williams and George Jones teaming up on the record.

Ray-Charles-0559-Willie-NelsonBut two songs have stood the test of time from Half Nelson.   Willie’s outlaw country image was enhanced with his #1 hit, Pancho And Lefty, that perfectly merged Willie’s style with Merle Haggard.  Then you have Seven Spanish Angels, the spiritual anthem that became one of the top 10 songs ever recorded by Hall of Fame member, Ray Charles.  The Half Nelson compilation album is a true country classic.

1.  PANCHO AND LEFTY  (Merle Haggard)

2.  SLOW MOVIN’ OUTLAW (Lacy Dalton)

3.  ARE THERE ANY MORE REAL COWBOYS?  (Neil Young)

4.  I TOLD A LIE TO MY HEART  (Hank Williams)

5.  TEXAS ON A SATURDAY NIGHT (Mel Tillis)

6.  SEVEN SPANISH ANGELS (Ray Charles)

7.  TO ALL THE GIRLS I LOVED BEFORE (Julio Iglesias)

8.  THEY ALL WENT TO MEXICO (Carlos Santana)

9.  HONKY TONK WOMEN (Leon Russell)

10. HALF A MAN (George Jones)

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