Frankie Brierton of Santo (1899-1973), a street vendor disabled by spinal meningitis, matches the description of the man described in Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.”
Frankie Brierton of Santo (1899-1973), a street vendor disabled by spinal meningitis, matches the description of the man described in Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” Courtesy photo
Frankie Brierton of Santo (1899-1973), a street vendor disabled by spinal meningitis, matches the description of the man described in Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” Courtesy photo

Willie Nelson’s sad ‘Pretty Paper’ is a real story. And it’s set in downtown Fort Worth

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