Before he adopted his trademark look of long braids and red, white, and blue macramé strap, Willie Nelson showed off a more clean-cut look.
In this footage taken from a television appearance in 1962, Nelson is nearly unrecognizable in his shiny suit and slicked-back hair. The young and vibrant country singer and celebrated songwriter won over the audience with his medley of now-classic county hits.
Before he became a legend in his own right, Nelson became famous for writing some of the biggest hits in the 1960s. Faron Young‘s “Hello Walls”, Ray Price‘s “Night Light”, and Patsy Cline‘s signature song “Crazy” were all originally penned by Nelson.
In the clip above, Nelson puts his own spin on each of these tracks, along with the song “Funny How Time Slips Away,” which was recorded by Billy Walker in 1961. Decades later, Nelson has added dozens of hits to his catalog and is still known as one of the best songwriters in country music history.