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Willie Nelson turned 85 on Sunday. He has a new album out, Last Man Standing, I'll be reviewing Friday on the "Believe Your Ears" music podcast. 43 years have passed since his first megahit: his remake of the 1947 Roy Acuff ballad "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" (penned by Fred Rose, Hank Williams's mentor) from the Red Headed Stranger concept album that established his Outlaw beachhead, taking him to stardom after over a decade of frustration making records that didn't present him as he thought he should be. 

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