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Shirley Collie Nelson
Birth: Mar. 16, 1931
Death: Jan. 27, 2010
Springfield
Greene County
Missouri, USA

Country Music Artist. Born Shirley Caddell in Chillicothe, Missouri, she began her career as a cast member of the Ozark Jubilee country music variety show in the 1950s. As a solo artist recording for Liberty Records, she had her first hit "Dime a Dozen" in 1961 and as a duet with singer Warren Smith, they reached number 23 on the Billboard country chart with "Why, Baby, Why" that same year. In 1962, she paired up with singer Willie Nelson and released the Top 10 hit "Willingly", which marked Willie Nelson's first appearance on the Billboard country chart as a recording artist. Marrying Willie Nelson in 1963, they released the single "Touch Me" and performed together until separating in 1971. Before marrying Nelson, she was married to the performer and disc jockey Biff Collie. In 2009, she published "Scrapbooks in My Mind", a book featuring duet Shirley and Willie Nelson and other artists she performed with. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Lewis Edward Jones (1925 - 1985)*
 
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Burial:
White Chapel Memorial Gardens
Springfield
Greene County
Missouri, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jan 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47276338
Shirley Collie Nelson
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Shirley Collie Nelson
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Shirley Collie Nelson
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