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

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.

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