Bobbie Nelson, pianist, singer, edler sister of Willie Nelson and member of his band, Willie Nelson and Family, died on March 10, 2022. She was 91.
Bobbie and Willie were raised by their grandparents in Abbot, Texas. Growing up playing music in the church and starting on the honky-tonk scene together as teenagers, the siblings would go on to share stages for decades to come. After her husband was killed in a 1961 car accident, Bobbie took a job demonstrating organs and playing piano in restaurants, lounges and supper clubs. When Willie signed with Atlantic Records, he invited Bobbie to play on a 1973 recording session and join his touring band. In 2021, the siblings issued a children’s book and released a Country gospel album, The Willie Nelson Family.