Willie Nelson Started Drinking And Smoking At Age Six, Would Trade A Dozen Eggs For A Pack Of Cigarettes At The Local Store

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We’ve heard some wild stories about the great Willie Nelson over the years.

From his (alleged) 9-hour sex marathon, to the true story of how he got his nickname “Shotgun Willie,” to the time his ex-wife tied him up and beat him with a broom, he’s lived a true outlaw life that you usually only read about in books.

While, sure, some of the stories might’ve been embellished slightly or may not be completely and 100% true, they’re believable because that’s who Willie is and why he became an American icon.

But in his 2012 book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie admitted that he was “barely out of kindergarten” when he started smoking and drinking.

It prompted his next-door neighbor to warn him that he better be careful with the habits he picked up, because it could lead to eternal misery:

“She told me when I was about six-years-old that anyone who drank beer or smoked cigarettes — anyone who used alcohol or tobacco, really — was going to hell.

She really believed that, and for a while I did, too.”

It didn’t take him long to figure out that was not really the case, as he also wrote that he’d “been hell-bound since [he] was barely out of kindergarten.”

And to support his early habits, since he couldn’t go out and get a job to pay for any of it, he would trade the eggs his family had for a pack of cigarettes:

“Take a dozen eggs from [the] chicken, walk to the store, and trade the dozen eggs.”

I mean, he was clearly way too young to be doing any of that, but he’s always been a hell of a businessman it sounds like.

As he got older, he decided to stop smoking altogether, including cigarettes and marijuana, because of health problems and breathing issues. He also noted that many of his closest family members, including his mother, father, stepmother and stepfather, all died after complications from cigarettes.

He even noted that he loved the packaging of the cigarette cartons, saying that “they were marketing directly to me!”

Willie admitted that part of his addiction was just having something to light up and smoke. So naturally, he “rolled up twenty joints [and] replaced the twenty Chesterfields” in his pack of cigarettes, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Though he also said quitting them was extremely difficult, it’s also one of the best decisions he ever made. Back in 2019, a flurry of press reports came out saying that he had quite smoking weed, and while technically true, he still enjoys his Willie’s Reserve cannabis in other ways.

I mean, I think this one about sums it all up…

“Roll me up and smoke me when I die
And if anyone don’t like it, just look ’em in the eye
I didn’t come here, and I ain’t leavin’
So don’t sit around and cry
Just roll me up and smoke me when I die.”

Willie Nelson’s Alleged 9-Hour Sex Marathon

The great Willie Nelson… proud Texan, a country music icon, marijuana aficionado… acrobatic sex master?

As a leader of the outlaw country movement, Willie Nelson has more than his fair share or crazy stories. Hell, even some of his more recent stories will put most people to shame.

Whether it’s smoking a joint on the roof of the White House, the “Shotgun Willie” incident, or even smoking Snoop Dogg under the table in Amsterdam, Willie is a living legend, both on and off the stage.

But one story might take the cake… the legend of Willie’s alleged 9-hour sex marathon that ended with a somersault.

The story goes like this…

Back in the mid-eighties, a woman filed a lawsuit against Willie for $50 million dollars after he promised to marry her. I didn’t know you could sue somebody for that, especially to the tune of $50 million, but I guess she did.

In her complaint, she alleges that on January 4, 1985, in the Biloxi, Mississippi, Hilton, she and Willie had sex for nine STRAIGHT hours and that at one point during the sex marathon, he pulled off a backward somersault with her still attached. Some circus-level shit…

Later on, at Willie’s Fourth of July picnic in Austin, he told his longtime friend and interviewer Kinky Friedman that this…

“Was the only true story ever written about him.” 

But then when asked about it again in a follow up interview for Rolling Stone, Willie walked it back a little, telling Kinky:

“I’m not saying it didn’t happen, it might’ve happened. But you would’ve thought I’d remember at least the first four or five hours.”

When asked if the case actually comes to court, Willie added:

“My ex-wife Shirley said she’d be glad to testify on my behalf.”

And then, in a much more recent interview with the The Daily Beast… one published in February of this year, Willie was asked again about the marathon sex story.

Once again, Willie was coy with his response:

“That’s too good a story for me to deny.”

So did Willie really have a 9-hour acrobatic sex marathon with a backwards somersault thrown in there? I guess we’ll never really know for sure, but it’s an awfully specific story to detail in a lawsuit.

You ever hear the phrase, “you can’t make this up?” Sounds like one of those stories you can’t really make up.

And keep in mind, Willie turned 50 in 1983… anybody throwing down somersault sex sessions for even an hour at the age is impressive… but nine hours? That’s freak of nature levels of stamina.

And to my knowledge Willie wasn’t a fan of the Columbian bam bam if that’s what you’re thinking…

True or false, it’s one helluva story. So here’s to the legend himself… the great Willie Nelson.

And speaking of great stories, how about Snoop and Willie stoned to the bone at a KFC in Amsterdam?

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Willie Nelson Sparks A Joint On The White House Roof

The legend that is Willie Nelson continues on.

A new documentary coming out titled Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President Chronicles former President Carter’s love of music, and his friendship with artists like Bob Dylan, Bono, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, among others. And it also features his Willie Nelson, who Carter called “one of his best friends.”

“Bob Dylan has been one of my best friends, along with Willie Nelson.”

The trailer was just released and it also revealed confirmation of another badass piece of Willie Nelson history… the time he smoked weed on the White House roof.

Willie first revealed that he smoked at the White House back in his 1988 autobiography. He was let on the roof by an anonymous servant at the White House, describing it as being up there with “a beer in one hand and a fat Austin Torpedo in the other.” Years later, in 2015, Willie confirmed that it was indeed President Carter’s son Chip.

However in the new documentary, Jimmy Carter acknowledges it himself, almost as if he knew all along.

“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House and he says that his companion was one of the servants at the White House… actually it was one of my sons.”

Even at 87 years old, the GOAT-ness of Willie Nelson continues to grow.

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President hits theaters and virtual cinema on September 9th.

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