Bobbie Lee Nelson, an American pianist, and vocalist who was the older sister of Willie Nelson and a member of his band passed away quietly and surrounded by family on Thursday morning.
Willie Nelson’s sister, and bandmate Bobbie Nelson, died at the age of 91 years.
“Her grace, beauty, and talent helped to make the world a better place. As Willie’s pianist and singer, she was the first member of his band.
Her death has shattered our hearts, and she will be greatly missed. However, we are fortunate to have had her in our lives. Please keep her family in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time “In a statement to Fox News Digital, the Nelson family said.
For more than five decades, Bobbie toured with her brother. As a pianist and singer, she was a founding member of the Willie Nelson and Family Band. Bobbie and Willie’s passion for music was instilled in them by their grandparents, who raised them in Abbot, Texas.
Bobbie previously stated that something he’ll never forget. “When I was starting to play the piano, my grandfather told me, “You know, if you work at it, you could make a living playing music one day,”
The brother and sister joined Bud Fletcher, who would ultimately become Bobbie’s husband, during their adolescent years. After Fletcher died in a vehicle accident, Bobbie was left to raise their three sons alone.
Bobbie left music around the time of her husband’s death to attend college in Fort Worth, Texas, which led to her landing an office job. Bobbie used her office skills at the Hammond Organ Company to help out with the company’s music collection. She was also a pianist who performed in Austin and Nashville.
When her brother Willie landed a deal with Atlantic Records in 1972, she joined his band. She not only joined him live but she was also included on one of his albums.
Willie and Bobbie also collaborated on two books: “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band” in 2020 and “Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music” in 2021.