Shirley Collie helped launch Willie Nelson’s solo career back before the name “Willie Nelson” meant anything to anyone. As a guitarist and singer who climbed to the top tier of the country music circuit as just a teenager, she traded her trajectory as a recording artist and staple of the silver screen for a life with the duet partner of her dreams. But it wasn’t long before her life with Willie fell out of harmony…and fell into a twister of stagnation, loneliness, and jealousy.
Scrapbooks In My Mind: Featuring Shirley and Willie Nelson and Many Others by Shirley Caddell Collie Nelson
Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band by Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson
Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski
Shirley Nelson Obituary (Springfield Union Leader)
Shirley Collie Nelson. Former Wife and Duet Partner of Willie Nelson, Dies (CMT)
Wikipedia: Shirley Collie Nelson
Country Music Hall of Fame: Willie Nelson
Interview: Willie Nelson (The Telegraph)
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