The family of Bobbie Nelson has confirmed that she has died, aged 91. She was the older sister of country music legend Willie Nelson and a longtime pianist in his band.
According to the Nelson family, she died peacefully on Thursday, surrounded by family. The cause and location of her death were not released.
She played the piano for more than 50 years with her brother Willie Nelson, an original member of the Willie Nelson and Family Band.
She was Willie’s first pianist and singer, and she made this world a better place with elegance, grace, beauty and talent,” the Nelson family said. “We are all broken and she will be immensely missed.”Her music will live forever.”
She grew up in Abbott, Texas, and played honky-tonks with her brother. After losing her husband, Bud Fletcher, Bobbie Nelson gave up playing music to attend business college.
In her first job after college, Nelson worked in the music library of the Hammond Organ Company and demonstrated the organs, according to the Nelson family.
She played with her brother’s backing band for decades after joining in 1972.
I really enjoy playing Willie’s music. It’s my favorite thing in the world to play with him.” “Our whole life has been one song after another,” she said, “learning to play music and his incredible ability to write songs. It’s been my inspiration throughout my life.”
The “autobiography” album she released in 2007 was her debut album. In addition to her brother’s book “Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music,” she also collaborated with him on “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band.”