On Christmas Day of 1991, Willie Nelson and his family suffered a great loss that shocked the country music world. Willie's eldest son, William Hugh Nelson, Jr. (Billy), had passed away.
"I've never experienced anything so devastating in my life" Willie said to a friend (via People.com).
Before his sudden passing, Willie and his son had recorded a beautiful gospel song together, "My Body's Just A Suitcase For My Soul". Billy was planning to release a gospel album, and feature the collaboration song on the album. After this devastating loss, Wille had a hard time completing the album.
But, in 1994, Willie honored his son by releasing the gospel album, Peace In The Valley. The album included the father/son duet, the heart-wrenching song, "My Body's Just A Suitcase For My Soul". In an interview with Sun Sentinel, Bob MacDonald Jr. (of Promised Land Music) said, "It was very tough for Willie. He had doubts about coming out with this album at all. But now that the record is out, it seems to be helping him to come to grips with the tragedy."
The album was re-released in 2015, and broke our hearts all over again.
We can't even begin to imagine how hard this time must have been for Willie, but we're so happy he was able to find some peace by honoring his son through their music.
Check out the video below to see Willie and his son, Billy, singing the emotional song "My Body's Just A Suitcase For My Soul" and you'll be brought to tears.
R.I.P. Billy Nelson.
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