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TAX BILL IS PROVING BITTER PILL AS NELSON FANS FAIL TO ANTE UP

Country music superstar Willie Nelson might be singing the blues after he hears how much has been raised to help him pay his $16.7 million tax bill.

Only $288 has come in with less than two weeks to go before the scheduled auction of Nelson's assets, said a barber who is organizing the drive. Another group has raised $1,000 andplans to hold a fund-raising dance and celebrity auction tonight at the Broken Spoke, an Austin nightclub.

The club's owner, James White, said the dance will feature Texas bands and a celebrity auction, including items from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

The Internal Revenue Service seized properties owned by Nelson in Texas and at least three other states Nov. 9 after the entertainer failed to pay millions in back taxes.

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