Archive for the ‘This Day in Willie Nelson History’ Category

WIllie Nelson & Family (March 31, 2014) (Lake Las Vegas)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard in New Braunfels

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard at the Back Yard (March 27, 28, 2015)

Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Mardh 26, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3578

photo: Janis Tillerson

Concert for Our Lives Maui (March 24, 2018)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

On Saturday, March 24th, people all over the country made a stand to end gun violence in schools at March for our Lives events at over 30 locations nationwide. In Hawai’i artis joined students, musicians and local community members for ‘The Concert for Our Lives Maui’, a star-studded event in support of ending gun violence in schools at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.   Performances included Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Kriistofferson, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler , Landon McNamara, Lily Meola.

“The Party” Willie Nelson & Family (March 22, 2009)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Thanks, Steve Brooks, for sharing pics of this ticket you designed.

“My brother in law promoted this event for Tyson and this was a ticket press run.” — Steve Brooks

March 21, 1981, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” #1 on Billboard Country Chart

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

On March 21, 1981, Willie Nelson’s song, ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” is #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. It was a single from the 1980 movie, Honeysuckle Rose, and his seventh #1 on the country chart, as a solo artist. The song spent 14 weeks on country chart.

Live in Concert! Willie Nelson (3/20/1976)

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Family in Chicago (March 18, 2011)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Luck Reunion (March 15, 2018)

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Luck Reunion (March 15, 2018)

Farm Aid V (March 14, 1992) (Irving, Texas)

Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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Thanks to Janis Tillerson, for sharing a photo of her ticket from Farm Aid V , Irving, TX, March 14, 1992.

Willie Nelson & Family at the Austin Rodeo (March 9, 2014)

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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Willie Nelson, Kevin Smith

Enjoy these great photos from Janis Tillerson, from the Austin Rodeo in 2014.

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Bobbie Nelson

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Mickey Raphael

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Kevin Smith, Paul English

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” number one (3/8/1980)

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Texas Style (March 5, 1988)

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Texas Style was first broadcast by CBS on 5 March 1988.  “The gentle, easy, visually lovely outing, with Nelson roaming the plains, at his Texas Hill Country ranch, in a boat on the Rio Grande, or in the studio making music, makes you appreciate the Lone Star State,” the Vindicator wrote. The music was mixed with testimonials by friends & family.

Willie performed On The Road Again, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys, Asleep At The Wheel, South of The Border, and more. Ray sang Milk Cow Blues with Nelson, and solo’ed on Georgia On My Mind. The other guests were Asleep at the Wheel, and Bruce Hornsby and The Range.


Willie Nelson’s First Grammy (February 28, 1976)

Friday, February 28th, 2020

When Willie Nelson recorded his concept album Red Headed Stranger in Garland, Texas, in 1975, he insisted on simplicity for the tracks.  But according to the books Willie, by Michael Bane, that simplicity proved a bit too much for the studio musicians and his record label.

As Willie recorded the song, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” he stopped the session, played through the tune with just guitar and vocal and asked the band to play only what was necessary.  Several of the musicians, realizing that they basically had nothing to do, voluntarily got up and left the session.

Willie remembers that his record label was also not exactly receptive to the bare-bones product.  “They expected more Shotgun Willie, something more tempo,” he says in the book. But the label released the album along with the sing, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which surprisingly started climbing the charts.  It became Willie’s first No. 1 hit in October of 1975.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” was also responsible for another Willie milestone.  On Feb. 28, 1976, Willie picked up his first Grammy award, winning the honor for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Willie Nelson: Summertime released February 26, 2016

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Willie Nelson’s tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, “Summertime” was released February 26, 2016.

Track List 1. “But Not for Me” by Willie Nelson
2. “Somebody Loves Me” by Willie Nelson
3. “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Willie Nelson
4. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by Willie Nelson feat. Cyndi Lauper
5. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by Willie Nelson
6. “I Got Rhythm” by Willie Nelson
7. “Love is Here to Stay” by Willie Nelson
8. “They All Laughed” by Willie Nelson
9. “Embraceable You” by Willie Nelson feat. Sheryl Crow
10. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by Willie Nelson
11. “Summertime” by Willie Nelson