Monday, April 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge question asks you to name the famous musician celebrating his 74th birthday today. He got his start as a child playing in polka bands and singing with his gospel-inclined grandparents. A former deejay, after a stint in the Air Force he worked as a janitor by day and songwriter by night while supplementing his income as a door-to-door Bible salesman. Despite success in selling tunes to artists like Ray Price, he struggled, eventually deciding to begin recording his own material. That's worked out OK for him; he's sold 35 million albums to date, including what was once the best-selling country album of all time. These days he's also an ice cream flavor. Your One Cup question on this Monday morning - based on the clues provided, name this famous musician and sometimes actor, turning 74 today.

Your One Cup answer: Willie Nelson

Bonus Blog Trivia: Among Willie's nicknames are "The Red Headed Stranger," after one of his earliest albums and "The Ambassador to Weedville," for obvious reasons.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Willie's new ice cream flavor, Country Peach Cobbler, is from Ben & Jerry's, which has previously honored musicians like Jerry Garcia, Dave Matthews, and Phish.


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