Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted: The Outlaws” — 1st country album to go platinum

Monday, November 24th, 2014

On November 24, 1976, “Wanted: the Outlaws” became the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

The album, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter was certified gold on March 30, 1976.

This day in Willie Nelson history, on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists List (11/23/11)

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

photo:  Paul Natkin, Photo Reserve, Inc.

Like his conversational singing, Willie Nelson’s guitar playing is deceptively laidback, playfully offbeat and instantly recognizable. Amazingly, Nelson has been playing the same Martin M-20 classical guitar, nicknamed Trigger, since 1969; it has defined his sound, a nylon-stabbing mix of country, blues and Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz. Though  the guitar now has a large gaping hole, Nelson still plays it nightly. “I have  come to believe we were fated for each other,” he said. “The two of us even look alike. We are both pretty battered and bruised.”

We assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else.  Read about The Voters.

1. Jimi Hendrix; 2. Eric Clapton; 3. Jimmy Page; 4. Keith Richards; 5. Jeff Beck; 6. B.B. King; 7. Chuck Berry; 8 Eddie Van Halen; 9. Duane Allman; 10. Pete Townsend; 11. George Harrison; 12. Stevie Ray Vaughan; 13. Albert King; 14. David Gilmore; 15. Freddie King; 16. Derek Trucks; 17. Neil Young; 18 Les Paul; 19. James Burton; 20. Carlos Santana;  21. Chet Atkins; 22. Frank Zappa; 23. Buddy Guy; 24. Angus Young; 25. Tony Iommi; 26. Brian May; 27. Bo Diddley; 28. Joey Ramone; 29. Scotty Moore; 30. Elmore James; 31. Ry Cooder; 32. Billy Gibbons; 33. Prince; 34. Curtis Mayfield; 35. John Lee Hooker; 36. Randy Rhoads; 37. Mick Taylor; 38. The Edge; 39. Steve Cropper; 40. Tom Morello;  41. Mick Ronson; 42. Michael Bloomfield; 43. Hubert Sumlin; 44. Mark Knofler; 45. Link Wray; 46. Jerry Garcia; 47. Stephen Stills; 48. Jonny Greenwood; 49. Muddy Waters, 50. Richie Blackmore; 51. Johnny Marr; 52. Clarence White; 53. Otis Rush; 54. Joe Walsh; 55. John Lennon; 56. Albert Collis; 57. Rory Gallagher; 58. Peter Green; 59. Robbie Robertson; 60. Ron Asheton; 61. Dickey Betts; 52. Robert Fripp; 63. Johnny Winter; 64. Duane Eddy; 65. Slash; 66. Leslie West; 67. T-Bone Walker; 68. John McLaughlin; 69.  Richard Thompson; 70. Jack White; 71. Robert Johnson; 72. John Frusicante; 73. Kurt Cobain; 74. Dick Dale; 75. Joni Mitchell; 76. Robbie Krieger; 77. Willie Nelson; 78. John Fahey; 79. Mike Campbell; 80. Buddy Holly; 81. Lou Reed; 82. Nels Cline; 83. Eddie Hazel; 84. Joe Perry; 85. Andy Summers; 86. J. Mascis; 87. James Hetfield; 88. Carl Perkins; 89. Bonnie Raitt; 90. Tom Verlaine; 91. Dave Davies; 92. Dimebag Darrell; 93. Paul Simon; 94. Peter Buck; 95. Roger McGuinn; 96. Bruce Springsteen; 97. Steve Jones; 98.  Alex Lifeson; 99. Thurston Moore; 100. Lindsay Buckingham.

Read about all 100 at Rolling Stone site. 
CONTRIBUTORS: David Browne, Patrick Doyle, David Fricke,  Will Hermes, Brian Hiatt, Alan Light, Rob Tannenbaum, Douglas Wolk

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Willie Nelson at grand opening of new exhibit: “Living Legend of Willie Nelson” (11/7/14)

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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photo: Ralph Barrera

The Briscoe Center for American History has created a display honoring the Living Legend in Willie Nelson with an exhibit inside the Red McCombs Red Zone within the north endzone of the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Nelson arrived to a ceremony opening the exhibit Friday night November 7, 2014 with Don Carleton, Executive Director of the Biscoe Center, who are the curators of an extensive Willie Nelson collection. (


“It was a wonderful night at the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium UT Texas,
celebrating a Texas Icon Willie “Papa Bear” Nelson. With the Armstrong and the Nelson family.”

— Paula Nelson



Paula Nelson, and her nephew Zack


Paula Nelson and Shannon Armstrong


This day in Willie Nelson history: “On the Road Again” #1 on Billboard Country Singles Chart (1980)

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


On November 8, 1980, Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” rose to #1 on Billboard Country Singles chart.

Willie Nelson performs “On The Road Again” live at the US Festival, 1983. “On the Road Again” became Nelson’s 9th Country & Western No. 1 hit overall in November 1980. In addition, the song reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his biggest pop hit to that time. Nelson won Grammy Award for Best Country Song a year later. Buy the entire concert here at:…

Willie Nelson Honored in Abbott, Texas (November 1973)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Nov 4, 1973
Abbott, Texas, honors its best-known hometown boy with Willie Nelson Day

Billboard Magazine
November 24, 1973

Abbott, TX.   Some 10,000 country music fans were in the neighborhood when Willie Nelson’s hometown honored him at it’s 1973 homecoming last week.  With Willie, who now makes his home in Austin, were his friends who put on a 12-hour stage show for the town’s 375 people and their thousands of guests.   Appearing on stage with the Atlantic recording artist were Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, Michael Murphey, Kenneth Threadgill and Sammi Smith.

It was quite a cast for a show sponsored by the Abbott PTA.   The audience played no favorites.  It responded uniformly and favorably to all of the entertainers.  Most of the audience was college and post college age.

People began arriving Saturday night for the Sunday show and the 300-acre site reserved for the event was dotted with campers, pickups, mobile homes, tents and bedrolls.   Some of the latecomers had to park several miles away, but were offered lifts in cars and pickups of those who were willing to chance finding parking closer in.

Willie and his band had to drive across Texas to make the event, having worked for the Saturday Terligua Chili Cook-Off.  He worked the morning stint, then closed the show with Sammi Smith.

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘City of New Orleans’ (#1 Billboard) (Nov. 3, 1984)

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


On November 3, 1984, Willie Nelson’s recording of the song, ‘City Of New Orleans” is #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Here is a great video of scenes from old trains, set to Willie Nelson’s recording of the song.


Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck duet, “Make You Feel My Love” makes first round of 2015 Grammy Nomination (Vote if you can)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson has made the first rounds of the 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “Make You Feel My Love,” a collaboration he did with UK artist Engelbert Humperdinck, off his album ‘Engelbert Calling.’

If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please vote to make it to the next round. The ballots need to be in by 5PM on Wednesday November 5th.



Ben H. Dorcy, III named, “Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame Living Legend”

Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Mary Allyce

The voting membership of the Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame has never elected a Living Legend quite like Ben Dorcy – but then there is no one quite like Ben Dorcy.

How many people can claim the first induction into the Roadie Hall of Fame during Nashville’s 2009 “Roadie Palooza,” or have an annual day in their name at Floore’s Country Store? How many have an “Ode” written to them by Waylon Jennings? How many can boast a lifetime spanning a stint in the United States Navy, time with the Ice Capades and a turn with Hollywood’s Nudie Cohn, the man who put rhinestones on rhinestone cowboys like Porter Waggoner?

Dorcy’s also featured in Kinky Friedman’s – BMHoF Living Legend 2009 – “Roadkill” novel and forged friendships and working relationships with the likes of John Wayne, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.

Access to virtually any tour bus, known by virtually every musician in the business, a fixture at every venue in Bandera for decades, Ben Dorcy is the definition of unique and he’s spent most of his life in service to the music industry and musicians.
Ben H. Dorcy III was born on May 19, 1925 in Dallas and grew up in San Antonio where he attended Jefferson High School. He joined the Ice Capades in 1940, touring the United States and Europe for three years. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy, completing his service in 1946 and then it was back to the entertainment business.

Dorcy worked for John Wayne as a gardener and chauffeur and played a Tennessee volunteer in Wayne’s “The Alamo,” adding film to his resume. Always drawn to the music business, he found his way to Nashville in 1950 where he hooked up with country swing legend, Hank Thompson. He was with Ray Price when he met Willie Nelson in 1961. “He’s still a roadie,” Nelson said. “He’s a hard worker.”
BMHoF 2013 Living Legend, Walter “Tooter” Ripps talks of a gig where it started to rain. “Ben jumped up,” Tooter recalled, “and started unplugging and helping. I never saw anybody move so fast!”

Almost everyone who knows him has at least one “Ben Dorcy story.” There was the birthday party, meticulously planned for him. Everyone showed up except Ben. “I kept that cake in the trunk of my car until I finally caught up with him,” the hostess said. “Of course, by then it was mostly mold, but darned if he didn’t take it anyway and thanked me! I was so mad and he actually seemed pleased!”

As for Dorcy himself, in an Internet interview he offered, “The most amazing thing that ever happened to me was one time in Las Vegas when Ann Margaret asked me to dance!”

At 3 pm, Sunday, Nov. 9, join Ben at The Farm off FM 2828 as he accepts the 2014 BMHoF Living Legend award. There’ll be plenty of the music that’s defined Ben’s life.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame” (10/14/1973)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014



On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)Â

High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)


Willie Nelson, Neil Young, honored, before Harvest the Hope Concert #NOKXL

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Honoring of Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Harvest the Hope Concert

Willie Nelson and Neil Young were honored at a private ceremony on Saturday, before the Harvest the Hope concert, near Neligh, Nebraska. Tribal presidents Scott, with the Rosebud Sioux and President Brewer, with the Oglala Sious, honored the two artists/humanitarians with a Buffalo Hide wrapping.  Introductions were made by the Ponca Nation family.

photo: Bold Nebraska

photo: Bold Nebraska






Willie Nelson, Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Heartbreak Hotel”, with Leon Russell goes #1 Billboard Country (9/1/1979)

Monday, September 1st, 2014


On September 1, 1979, “Heartbreak Hotel”, recorded by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, takes the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “Heartbreak Hotel”

This day in Willie Nelson history: “One for the Road” goes gold (8/2/1979)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

On August 2, 1979, the duet album, ‘One for the Road’ sung with Leon Russell, is certified gold.

Willie Nelson Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame 27th Annual CMA Awards 1993

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014