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  • Feb 13, 1979
    Willie Nelson secures a gold album from the RIAA for "Willie & Family Live," with guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck
    Feb 15, 1979
    Willie Nelson wins two trophies during the 21st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for "Georgia On My Mind"; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group--shared with Waylon Jennings--for "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
    Apr 2, 1979
    Leon Russell makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry House, playing piano with Willie Nelson. The audience includes Crystal Gayle
    Apr 18, 1979
    Willie Nelson records "Till I Gain Control Again" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. The Rodney Crowell song will become a hit in 1983 for Crystal Gayle
    Apr 19, 1979
    Willie Nelson records "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville
    Apr 20, 1979
    Willie Nelson records five songs for the album "Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson" at Nashville's Jack Clement Studios. The date includes the hit "Help Me Make It Through The Night," plus "Me And Bobby McGee" and "Why Me," among others
    May 16, 1979
    Future Country Music Hall of Fame members Willie Nelson, Charley Pride and Frances Preston present president Jimmy Carter an award recognizing his support of country music in the White House in Washington, D.C.
    Jun 10, 1979
    Columbia releases Willie Nelson & Leon Russell's album "One For The Road"
    Jul 4, 1979
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic draws 17,000 to Pedernales, Texas, for such acts as Ernest Tubb, Bobby Bare, Johnny Paycheck and Leon Russell
    Aug 2, 1979
    "One For The Road," a duet album featuring Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, is certified gold by the RIAA

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