On March 19, 2004, the Library of Congress adds 50 titles to its National Recording Registry. The new additions include Willie Nelson’s, “Crazy”, sung by Patsy Cline; “Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison,”and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys’ “New San Antonio Rose,” plus music by Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and Carole King.
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March 14, 1992
Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid V plays to about 40,000 fans in Irving, Texas, with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lorrie Morgan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Van Shelton, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Hal Ketchum and Paul Simon.
Economic Recovery starts in the Heartland with Family Farmers” was Farm Aid’s theme for 1992. Farmers Home Administration sent out 40,000 foreclosure notices to troubled farms. The impact of the loss of these farms on rural communities was devastating. Every five farms that closed down took one small business with them. Small towns across America were being boarded up. Schools, hospitals and farm houses were left empty.
Willie Nelson and Farm Aid helped to bring this to the attention of the new Clinton Administration. Farm Aid joined family farm organizations in expressing hope for greater access to this administration in order to change federal policies to support family farming.
Asleep At The Wheel
Ricky Van Shelton
On March 11, 2002, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin Film Society Hall of Time. He was presented by Lyle Lovett and Billy Gibbons.
Willie Nelson’s musical reputation is matched by his sterling songwriting (“Crazy,” “Nightlife,” “On The Road Again”) but when he appeared in 1979’s THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, a character actor for the ages was born. His first starring role was in 1980’s HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Amy Irving and Dyan Cannon, filmed around Austin, followed by the western BARBAROSA (1982) and the underrated SONGWRITER (1984).
Numerous TV parts came to the Abbott native while film roles such as RED-HEADED STRANGER (1986), GONE FISHIN’ and WAG THE DOG (1997), and STARDUST (2000) kept his big screen image popular. Nelson’s downhome appeal is most evident when he plays himself (AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, 1999) and he rallied a grieving nation performing “America The Beautiful” on AMERICA: A TRIBUTE FOR HEROES.
The Texas Film Hall of Fame, which operates under the auspices of the Austin Film Society, was co-founded in 2001 by Louis Black, the editor of The Austin Chronicle, and Evan Smith, Editor-In-Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune and former editor of Texas Monthly. Every year, at a gala held at Austin Studios, on the site of the city’s onetime municipal airport, the Texas Film Hall of Fame inducts or honors Texans who’ve made a significant contribution to film or filmmaking, as well as non-Texans who’ve made significant strides in the advancement of the Texas film industry. Classic Texas films are also honored, with a member of the cast or crew accepting on behalf of his colleagues. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the gala was emceed by Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, who died on September 13, 2006. The 2007 gala commemorated her passing by celebrating her life and her passion for film, emceed by New York columnist and 2001 Inductee Liz Smith. www.AustinFilm.org
This day in Willie Nelson history: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” #1 on BillboardWednesday, March 4th, 2015
On March 4, 1978, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings recording of “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” is number one (and stays there for four weeks).
On February 24, 2002, Willie Nelson performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Martina McBride and Donny and Marie Osmond also performed at the ceremonies.
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 24— Beneath the snowy Wasatch Range and in front of a bedazzled, swaying crowd of 44,929, the 19th Winter Olympics came to a dynamic and celebratory end tonight. Fears of terrorism long gone, protests of days past shelved for the night, athletes from 78 nations marched into Rice-Eccles Stadium in a rambunctious mood and took their seats for the most ornate conclusion ever to a Winter Games.
After 17 days, 234 medals and all the theater and human majesty in between, Utah bade farewell to the sporting event it wanted so desperately. The state and its people were rewarded with a reinvigoration of the Winter Games — and by a closing ceremony collage of colors, music and harmony.
In a gaudy and grand celebration, canisters of fluorescent pastel paint were dumped on the ice by dancers, à la Jackson Pollock. Huge white beach balls descended from the stands. Monstrous helium balloons, carrying gyrating gymnasts dressed as skiers and snowboarders, hovered overhead.
Earth, Wind and Fire played and sang, an unannounced Willie Nelson broke into a soulful rendition of ”Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and 780 children in Eskimo parkas carry ing lanterns ended one segment with ”Happy Trails to You,” as they skated in a long, straggling line, off the ice and into a chilly night.
The sentimental portion of the program over, a pyrotechnic barrage began north of the stadium. Workers at 11 launch sites in the valley around the stadium ignited $1 million worth of fireworks — 10,000 shells that spectacularly lit the mountains for nearly five minutes as the Olympic anthem blared through the stadium.
Dr. Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, called the first Winter Olympiad in the United States since 1980 ”unforgettable” and ”inspiring.”
”People of America, Utah and Salt Lake City, you have given the world superb Games,” Rogge, the successor to Juan Antonio Samaranch, said during his first closing ceremony speech.
He had vowed beforehand not to echo Samaranch’s ”best Olympic Games ever” remark, bestowed on Sydney, Australia, in 2000 but not on Atlanta four years earlier.
Keeping with the tone of the evening, Mitt Romney, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee president, praised the Olympians, the fans and more than 30,000 volunteers. He also seemed to encapsulate Utah’s dual feelings of ecstasy and relief by opening his remarks with ”Salt Lake City . . . we did it!”
A mosaic of American pop culture took turns entertaining the masses. Seventy-five-foot dinosaurs straight from the ”Lion King” set design peered over the stadium, trying out their comedy. The voices belonged to the Utah siblings and icons Donnie and Marie Osmond. Musical acts ranging from Christina Aguilera to Bon Jovi to Harry Connick Jr. to Kiss sang and played well into the night.
Most longtime observers of the closing ceremony said the festivities were on par with the most impressive end to any Summer Games they had witnessed and beyond any imaginable conclusion to a Winter Games.
The three-hour party began when the flag was raised by five American Indian war veterans, one for each of Utah’s indigenous tribes. The national anthem was sung a capella by ‘N Sync. A boy band seemed only apropos, with such attention paid to a younger audience and its fascination with newfangled winter sports like snowboarding and moguls skiing.
This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson performs for soldiers @Brooke Army Medical Center (2/17/06)Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Staff and patients gather on three levels to watch Willie Nelson and his band perform Feb. 17 at Brooke Army Medical Center. — Photo by Brian Guerra
by Nelia Schrum and Andricka Hammonds
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 23, 2006 - When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.
Texas legend Willie Nelson and his family band treated the hospital to a concert in the Medical Mall Feb. 17, playing to a packed audience of staff and patients. Opening with his hit, “Whiskey River,” he sang signature ballads like “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”
Nelson played for 90 minutes. Following his performance, he signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and staff for another hour.
The Willie Nelson band played at BAMC in February 2005 performing 11 numbers. But Nelson had to cut his performance for the 2005 Stock Show and Rodeo because he was suffering from laryngitis.
“I wanted to come back again and play for the soldiers because I didn’t feel I had performed at my best last year,” Nelson said, adding his throat since has recovered.
On February 15, 1979, Willie Nelson was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Vocal performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group, with Waylon Jennings, for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over
On January 31, 2004, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform live installment of CMT Crossroads from Houston, Texas.
On January 30, 2004, the movie “The Big Bounce”, opened.
Thank you, Mark, from Willie Nelson’s Museum and General Store, (www.WillieNelsonMuseum.com), for finding this gem, a still from the movie, “The Big Bounce” released in 2004, also starring Owen Wilson, Gary Sinese, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Bebe Neuwirth, Harry Dean Stanton, Gregory Sporleder, Steve Jones, Director: George Armitage
On January 29, 2008, Willie Nelson’s album, “Moment of Forever” was released by Lost Highway Records, produced by Kenny Chesney.