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Billy Joe Shaver was born on August 16, 1939 in Corsicana, is an American and American country music singer
Raised by his mother, Victoria Watson Shaver, since his father Virgilio left the family before his birth, he spent much of his time with his grandmother in Corsicana (Texas) until he was 12 years old, so that his mother could work in Waco in a nightclub, where sometimes he accompanied her. There he discovered country music.
His mother recovers him and he loses his grandmother. He left school after the eighth grade to help his aunt and uncle in picking cotton, but comes back sometimes, just to play sports.
At the age of 17, he joined the US Navy, but he did not stay and started various jobs such as cow-boy in the rodeos. At this time, he met and married Brenda Joyce Tindell, who has a son, Eddy Shaver. The couple divorced, but they remarried after some time.
Employee in a sawmill, Billy Joe Shaver has an accident. Lose two fingers and get a serious infection. Then he learned to play the guitar with the remaining fingers. For $ 50 a week, he moved to Nashville, as a composer. There Waylon Jennings discovers him and hires him to compose the songs of his album Honky Tonk Heroes.
Elvis Presley and Kris Kristofferson hire him in turn. Then he accompanied many singers on his tours like: Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Chuck Leavell and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Flaco Jiménez or Al Kooper.
In 1999 he entered the Grand Ole Opry. After losing his wife, Brenda, and his cancer mother that year, Shaver loses his son Eddy on Dec. 31, 2000, who died at the age of 38 from an overdose of heroin. He has a heart attack at a concert in New Braunfels. Operated successfully, he made his comeback in 2002 with the album “Freedom’s Child.
In 2002 he is awarded at the American Music Honors & amp; Awards, the flagship event of the Americana Music Association, with its first award for a life as a composer.
Participates in November 2005 at the CMT Outlaws and in 2006, enters the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bob Dylan mentions him in 2009 in his song I Feel a Change Comin ‘On on the album Together Through Life:
I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver, And I’m reading James Joyce
(I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I’m reading James Joyce). He is also the central character in the song Wish I Could Write Like Billy Joe from Bugs Henderson’s Stormy Love album.
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