Willie Nelson (born April 30th 1933) is an American country singer-songwriter. He reached his greatest fame during the 70s, but is still going strong and continues to tour and perform. Originally signed as a songwriter in 1960, many of his compositions became huge hits for the country and pop music stars of the time. It was only when he moved to RCA Victor Records in 1965 that his solo career really took off, and he had a number of chart hits throughout the late 60s and early 70s. This laid the groundwork for his phenomenally successful work with Columbia Records in the 70s. Given complete control over his work, he released a series of critically and commercially successful records, 3 of which went platinum.