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1. The Time He Helped Create Outlaw Country

1. The Time He Helped Create Outlaw Country | Country Music Videos
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In 1973, Nelson and Waylon Jennings decided to take creative control over their music, which they felt had been hindered by record labels and executives. 

They shed the "Nashville sound" they had been playing, grew beards and long hair and replaced their rhinestone-studded suits with leather jackets and were referred to as "outlaws".

Their new style of music was then called Outlaw Country, which Nelson and Jennings kicked off with their duet album, Wanted! The Outlaws. The new genre and album were so popular that the album became the first country music album to go platinum. 

It reached No. 1 on the charts released two singles, each reaching the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the country charts.

Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams, Jr. are the most notable Outlaw Country singers.

How many singers can say they helped create a genre of music?!

Watch Nelson and Jennings perform "Good Hearted Woman" below!

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