Willie Nelson’s sister Bobbie lifeless at 91

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Willie Nelson’s sister and bandmate, Bobbie Nelson, has died. She was 91.

Bobbie, who was a pianist, singer and a member of the band Willie Nelson and Household, handed away Thursday morning, “peacefully and surrounded by family.”

“Her elegance, grace, beauty and talent made this world a better place. She was the first member of Willie’s band, as his pianist and singer. Our hearts are broken and she will be deeply missed. But we are so lucky to have had her in our lives. Please keep her family in your thoughts and give them the privacy they need at this time,” the Nelson household mentioned in an announcement shared with Day by day Publish Digital.

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Billie toured along with her brother for greater than 5 many years. She was the unique member of the Willie Nelson and Household Band as a pianist and singer.

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The household famous that Bobbie and Willie’s love of music got here from their grandparents, who raised the siblings in Abbot, Texas.

“My grandfather had said to me when I was learning to play the piano: You know, if you really work at this, you could earn your living playing music one day.” Bobbie mentioned beforehand. “And I never forgot that.”

Throughout their teenage years, the brother and sister joined Bud Fletcher, who would later turn out to be Billie’s husband. Fletcher later died in a automobile accident, forcing Bobbie to boost their three sons as a single mom.

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Bobbie Nelson and Paul English of Willie Nelson And Family perform at the Classic Center on January 21, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.

Bobbie Nelson and Paul English of Willie Nelson And Household carry out on the Traditional Heart on January 21, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.
(Chris McKay)

On the time of her husband’s loss of life, Bobbie give up music to attend faculty in Fort Price, Texas, later main her to land an workplace job. Whereas working on the Hammond Organ Firm, Bobbie lent her workplace abilities to work on the firm’s music library. She additionally carried out as a pianist round Austin and Nashville.

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She beforehand known as her return to music a “fabulous thing.”

“I was very happy to be able to sit down and just play from my heart and soul,” she mentioned,

She’d be part of her brother Willie’s band in 1972 when he signed a take care of Atlantic Data. Not solely did she be part of him onstage, however she additionally was featured on his albums.

Willie Nelson (L) and sister Bobbie Nelson perform in concert on New Years Eve at ACL Live on December 31, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  

Willie Nelson (L) and sister Bobbie Nelson carry out in live performance on New Years Eve at ACL Stay on December 31, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  
(Gary Miller)

Nelson launched her debut album, Audiobiography, in 2007. Two songs on the album featured Willie, now 88.

She was featured on The Willie Nelson Household album in 2021.

Bobbie Nelson performs in concert with Willie Nelson during The Luck Banquet on March 13, 2019 in Luck, Texas.  

Bobbie Nelson performs in live performance with Willie Nelson throughout The Luck Banquet on March 13, 2019 in Luck, Texas.  
(Gary Miller)

Willie and Bobbie additionally penned two books collectively:  the memoir “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band” in 2020 and the 2021 youngsters’s e book “Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music.”

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