People Willie Nelson
Jason Decrow  /  AP
In the late 1950s, Nelson, now 74, worked as a disc jockey for Vancouver, Wash., station KVAN.
updated 12/21/2007 5:21:34 PM ET 2007-12-21T22:21:34

Willie Nelson hasn't forgotten the town that knew him before he was famous.

The 74-year-old country singer has donated $40,000 to Vancouver, the southwestern Washington city where he sold some of his first records a half-century ago.

Nelson performed at The Amphitheater near Vancouver on June 30. He promised to share some of the proceeds with the city and area charities.

In the late 1950s, Nelson worked as a disc jockey for Vancouver station KVAN. He financed and recorded the single "No Place for Me" and sold it to some of his listeners.

Nelson soon moved back to his native Texas and then on to Nashville, Tenn., and fame.

Vancouver received the $40,000 check three weeks ago. On Wednesday, the city gave $15,000 to the Humane Society of Washington and $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Club.

Colleen Kawahara, Vancouver special projects coordinator, said the remaining $10,000 would be used for efforts to make city government and the community more ecologically friendly.

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