Hard-living country singer, activist, poet, songwriter, actor, and author who helped create Farm Aid.
He grew up during the Great Depression and played music for money because he didn't want to pick cotton.
He signed with Atlantic in 1973 and became one of the most recognized faces of country music after appearing in over 30 films.
He married Martha Jewel Matthews on October 27, 1952; Shirley Collie on January 12, 1963; Constance Jean Connie Koepke on April 30, 1972; and Annie D'Angelo on September 16, 1991.
He joined Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson as a member of the 1985 outlaw country group The Highwaymen.