Country Throwback: Young, Pre-Braids Willie Nelson Sings with Glen Campbell in 1969

by Madison Miller

It’s hard to picture country artist Willie Nelson performing without his signature braids.

However, young Nelson has sleek, shiny, and short brown hair combed to the side. He was the epitome of late ’60s and early ’70s fashion with a neck scarf and all neutral colors.

Glen Campbell had his own show in the ’60s called “Good Times Again.” Here he sang some of his classic hits and also had other artists join him. In 1969 Willie Nelson came on the show to sing “Hello Walls.”

Nelson starts the song off before the two eventually end up harmonizing together.

The clip features an introduction from Campbell. He talks about having Nelson on the show, who he calls “a one-of-a-kind” and someone that “when he comes on you know who he is.”

“When he was on my TV show he had his hair combed … next time I saw him he had pigtails.”

‘Hello Walls’

The song “Hello Walls” was written by Willie Nelson and first recorded by Faron Young.

The song was a hit in 1961 and spent 23 weeks as No. 1 on the country charts. Nelson would go on to perform it over the years as well. He notably transformed the song into a rock anthem with the band “The Reverend Horton” for the album “Twisted Willie.”

However, even more recently Nelson reintroduced his fans to the song that first introduced him to a national audience.

Willie Nelson Sings Song on Stephen Colbert Show

His song became perfect for everyone who has been staring at the walls for entertainment during the pandemic and quarantining.

Nelson embraced this and performed the song in April remotely on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” His sons Lukas and Micah played guitar for Nelson as he sang his old hit.

He even changed the lyrics to fit even better into the current climate of the world. The last verse became, “We got to all stick together or else we’ll lose our minds / I’ve got a feeling we’re going to be here a long, long time.”

The performance was also in honor of his late friend Faron Young, who first made the song popular.

“[He was a] great friend of mine and we had a lot of fun together. He made a little bit of fun out of the song. He would go around singing, ‘Hello walls, hello commode’ and, you know, one thing or another, so he thought it was really funny, so we’ll dedicate this song to Faron Young,” Nelson said in the recording.

Nelson has been busy during the pandemic. He released “First Rose of Spring” in 2020. He also had a weed-themed show with his son called “Come and Toke It.” The live show had interviews from Billy Ray Cyrus, Jeff Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, and Margo Price.