Over the course of his long career, Willie Nelson has dabbled in a wide variety of genres, from reggae to adult contemporary to blues and beyond. Along the way, he’s worked with and covered a staggering number of artists — and now that list includes Coldplay.
It must be good to be Willie Nelson. You can basically flaunt the law, pay a fine and your legend just gets bigger and bigger. Do you remember when Willie Nelson's bus was stopped in St. Martin Parish? They found marijuana then and did Willie spend any time in jail? No he didn't. Willie was recently busted in Texas with enough pot that would have warranted felony charges for regular folks. Mysteriously the amount of contraband found reduced itself to misdemeanor status while no one was looking. Now Willie has skated the law again.
I saw a commercial on TV the other day for the upcoming Willie Nelson concert in the Heymann Center. I remarked to a co-worker that Lafayette Metro Narcotics might have to set up shop outside of the venue so they can inspect Willie's tour bus. That then got me thinking about one of my favorite novelty songs--a song that was one of the most requested tracks on my old college radio program and a song that fits Willie's personality perfectly.
He had number one songs as a songwriter but this was his first number one as an artist. Oddly enough he achieved it with a song he didn't write. A song that was previously cut by Conway Twitty. Do you know what song was Wille's first Number One?
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