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Willie Nelson in Studio on Fresh Air 1996

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Willie Nelson Sings 'Crazy' and More on 'Fresh Air'

Willie Nelson Sings 'Crazy' and More on 'Fresh Air'

Willie Nelson in Studio on Fresh Air 1996

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Set List

"Amazing Grace"
"Family Bible"
"Crazy"
"Nightlife"
"I've Never Cared for You"

Willie Nelson turns 70 years old next week. We mark the occasion with a 1996 interview and in-studio performance; the country-music icon tells Terry Gross about the genesis of songs like "Family Bible" and "Crazy" — the song Patsy Cline turned into a country classic — and gets out his guitar for intimate, idiosyncratic performances of several landmark tunes.

One don't-miss moment: The audibly bemused reaction from Fresh Air's usually unflappable host when Nelson describes writing "Crazy," "Nightlife," and "Funny How Time Slips Away" — all in a single week. That was just before he headed from Houston to Nashville in his '46 Buick.