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93 y.o. Songwriter’s Dream Comes True When Star Sings Her Song

Lyndel Rhodes from Tennessee turned 93 this year.

At 92 she got a surprise of a lifetime. Her song, Little House on the Hill, was played and recorded by Willie Nelson, a popular folk singer.

Lyndel was born in a musical family and began learning to play the harmonica at the age of 13.  She became a skillful music performer and even recorded a CD.

At 92, her lifelong dream finally came true

Her son, Buddy Cannon, recollects that the sound of music has always been an everyday happening in their house. No wonder he himself devoted his life to it and chose a career of songwriter and record producer.

Despite all that, Lyndel could never expect that one of her songs would ever be played by a star. Her compositions have always stayed within the family circle.

Buddy made his mother’s lifelong dream come true.


The song was inspired by road. The catchy piece of music is about Rhodes’ return to her beloved home, where she has lived for 60 years.

When Buddy heard it, he decided it should be recorded. He got in touch with Willie Nelson and sent him the composition. The singer loved it.

It was a long-awaited gift to his mother. As soon as she heard Nelson’s voice, the woman bursts into smile. When asked by Buddy if she liked it, she replies, “I love it”.

“She couldn’t believe it,” Cannon said. “My mom is a very bashful, very shy person. She never thought someone would sing something she wrote.”

The best part is that Lyndel can hear and enjoy her song becoming part of country’s music history. Her track is No1 in the new album of Nelson God’s Problem Child, released in April 2017.

The 93-year-old woman still plays the harmonica with incredible passion and sends video birthday greetings to Willie Nelson.

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