Willie Nelson, who is on the cover of AARP The Magazine’s June/July 2018 issue, revealed he’s currently at work creating a collection of Frank Sinatra covers. While the entire playlist wasn’t mentioned, Nelson did share one of those songs happens to be 1969’s “My Way.” And while some fans may be surprised by the latest musical move, Nelson insisted the decision to channel Sinatra at this point in his career was an easy one. “I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” he explained. “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever – he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.” And Nelson is more than just a fan of the beloved crooner, who passed away in 1998 at age 82 from a heart attack. AARP noted that in the ‘80s, Sinatra once opened for Nelson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The pair also appeared together in a PSA for NASA. While their musical styles were completely different, Nelson Sinatra was actually a close friend. However, Sinatra isn’t the only icon Nelson has gotten inspiration from. Hank Williams was noted as one of Nelson’s influences from over the years.
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