Bobbie Nelson, Willie Nelson’s sister and bandmate, has died. She was 91 years old when she died. The cause of the death was not given by anyone yet.
Bobbie, a pianist, vocalist, and part of the Willie Nelson and Family band, died calmly and surrounded by family on Thursday morning.
“Her elegance, grace, beauty, and talent improved the world.” As Willie’s pianist and singer, she was the first member of his band.
Her death has shattered our hearts, and she will be greatly missed. However, we are really fortunate to have had her in our lives. “Please keep her family in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time,” the Nelson family wrote in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Bobbie and Willie’s passion of music was instilled in them by their grandparents, who raised them in Abbot, Texas.
“When I was starting to play the piano, my grandfather told me, ‘You know, if you really work at it, you could make a living playing music one day,'” Bobbie previously stated. “That’s something I’ll never forget.”
Life story of Bobbie Nelson
The brother and sister joined Bud Fletcher, who would ultimately become Bobbie’s husband, during their adolescent years. After Fletcher died in a vehicle accident, Bobbie was left to raise their three sons alone.
Bobbie left music around the time of her husband’s death to attend college in Fort Worth, Texas, which led to her landing an office job. Bobbie used her office skills at the Hammond Organ Company to help out at the company’s music collection. She was also a pianist who performed in Austin and Nashville.
Her comeback to music was earlier described as a “wonderful thing.”
“I was overjoyed to be able to sit down and play from the depths of my spirit,” she remarked.
When her brother Willie landed a deal with Atlantic Records in 1972, she joined his band. She not only joined him live, but she was also included on one of his albums.
Willie Nelson noted in his 2015 book, “It’s a Long Story,” that Bobbie “become proficient at a young age.” “I was behind — and still am. Bobbie is a genuine musician in the sense that she can perform in a variety of styles with ease. She had a natural ability to read music and was well-known as a true piano prodigy across Hill County.”
Willie and Bobbie also collaborated on two books: the biography “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band,” which will be released in 2020, and the children’s book “Sister, Brother, Family.
An American Childhood in Music,” which will be released in 2021.Willie was likewise enticed north by Bobbie in the early days of his career, after he’d tried and failed to get anything going in San Antonio.
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