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  • May 5, 1978
    Willie Nelson gains an RIAA-certified gold album for "The Sound In Your Mind"
    Jun 7, 1978
    Willie Nelson, Gene Watson, Narvel Felts, Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Stampley are inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame's Walkway of Stars
    Jun 10, 1978
    Willie Nelson's remake of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" tops the Billboard country singles chart
    Jun 10, 1978
    Willie Nelson's "Stardust" begins an 11-week run in the #1 position on the Billboard country albums chart
    Jul 1, 1978
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic takes place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, with Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and The Grateful Dead
    Jul 2, 1978
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is staged at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
    Jul 13, 1978
    Willie Nelson is hailed as "Holy Man of the Honky Tonks" as he occupies the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
    Jul 20, 1978
    Willie Nelson pulls in a gold album from the RIAA for "Stardust"
    Aug 14, 1978
    The cover of Newsweek recognizes Willie Nelson--not Roy Acuff--as the "King of Country Music." "The playing is the fun," Nelson tells the magazine, "the writing is the work. To write songs, I usually need a reason, like not having any money"
    Aug 28, 1978
    Dolly Parton leads with four nominations for the Country Music Association's annual awards. Willie Nelson gets three. Parton is a finalist for Entertainer of the Year, along with Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis and Ronnie Milsap

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