At the very beginnings of country icon Willie Nelson’s career, one of his first appearances as an artist was during The Porter Wagoner Show.
In this rarely-viewed clip, a 32-year-old Nelson can be seen playing his debut, “Hello Walls,” at Porter Wagoner’s request. Nelson’s thrilled, young character beams as he shows a side of him that you probably haven’t seen before.
After his recording of “Hello Walls,” he became popular all over Nashville for his remarkable composing talent. At this point, his most incredible success had been achieved as the songwriter of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” which turned to be the greatest jukebox hit of all time.
Nelson’s 1962 single, “Touch Me,” also hit the charts on the Billboard Top 10 US Country chart, but his real successes would come in the mid-70s with his first #1 single, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”
From there, Nelson started on a whirlwind career and soon after turned out to be a staple in almost any country music collection. Today, of course, he’s a household name!
Watch this remarkable piece of country music history in the clip below!
Hello walls, (Hello, hello.)
How’d things go for you today?
Don’t you miss her.
Since she up and walked away?
And I’ll bet you dread to spend another lonely night with me,
But lonely walls, I’ll keep you company.
Hello window, (Hello, hello.)
Well, I see that you’re still here.
Aren’t you lonely,
Since our darlin disappeared?
Well look here, is that a teardrop in the corner of your pane?
Now don’t you try to tell me that’s it’s rain.
She went away and left us all alone the way she planned.
Guess we’ll have to learn to get along without her if we can.
Hello ceiling, (Hello, hello.)
I’m gonna stare at you a while.
You know I can’t sleep,
So won’t you bear with me a while?
We gotta all stick together or else I’ll lose my mind.
I gotta feelin’ she’ll be gone a long, long time.
(Hello, hello wall.)