What Led to Willie Nelson’s Sister Bobbie Nelson’s Death?
Willie Nelson’s sister and a member of his Willie Nelson and Family band for more than 50 years passed away Thursday morning at 91. Bobbie Nelson’s death cause has not been revealed at this time.
He continued: “Whenever I’ve needed a piano player, I’ve had Sister Bobbie right there. … Whenever our band plays, Sister Bobbie is the best musician on the stage.”
A year and a half ago, the Nelsons released a memoir about their connection, “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band”, and promoted it in interviews.
“My little sister was always on the piano doing great music,” he recalled on the “Today” show in November 2020.
He added: “I would sit there on the piano stool beside her and try to figure out what the hell she was doing. … Sister Bobbie is 10 times a better musician than I am,” he said. When she demurred, he added, “I’m a little better con man, I think.”
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Bobbie Nelson’s Death Cause at 91
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At age sixteen Bobbie met Bud Fletcher and they married. Although Fletcher did not have musical abilities, he formed his own band, Bud Fletcher and the Texans.
Nelson joined on the piano, while her brother sang and played guitar. The group was disassembled in 1955 when Bobbie divorced Bud Fletcher, who was sick.
Bobbie lost custody of her sons Randy, Michael, and Freddy for playing in honky-tonks. The custody was given to her ex-husband’s parents.
When Bud Fletcher died in a car accident in 1961, she suffered a breakdown and was admitted to a hospital in Fort Worth.
To retrieve custody of their children, Nelson married again and started working in a television repair shop in town. Bobbie began working for the Hammond organ Company, demonstrating and selling their products.
Nelson retrieved the custody of her sons and moved to Austin, Texas. After her third marriage failed, she visited Nashville in 1965, where her brother was working in his music career.
She played in different restaurants and other venues until her brother, Willie, called her from New York in 1973, where he was recording with Atlantic Records.
After the sad news of Bobbie Nelson’s death was revealed, her friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to her.
“Nobody played piano like Bobbie Nelson and nobody ever will. She was the epitome of class, grace, and style and I’m sure gonna miss seeing her on stage next to @WillieNelson… my heart goes out to Willie and the family band,” Margo Price wrote.
“Bobbie Nelson was one of the first women musicians that I ever saw on stage. She was the first example I had of a woman playing music while also having a family. I’m honored to have known her. My deepest sympathies to the Nelson family,” Amanda Shires tweeted.
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