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  • Aug 13, 1980
    Willie Nelson performs the national anthem for the Democratic National Convention at New York's Madison Square Garden as Jimmy Carter is nominated for president. A political cartoon later responds, "Hey, that was just great, Mr. Nelson. Really super. Say what song was that, anyway?"
    Sep 1, 1980
    Willie Nelson and family--his wife, Connie, and daughters Paula and Amy--make the cover of People magazine
    Sep 12, 1980
    Willie Nelson begins a two-day stay with president Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C. The two men jog six miles together, and Nelson famously smokes weed on the roof of the White House
    Sep 13, 1980
    Willie Nelson plays a fundraiser for Jimmy Carter at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The president joins Nelson for a duet on "Amazing Grace"
    Oct 2, 1980

    Larry Holmes keeps his heavyweight boxing title when his fight with Muhammad Ali is stopped after 10 rounds. At the bout in Las Vegas: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Aretha Franklin

    Oct 4, 1980
    Willie Nelson & Family hit #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with the "Honeysuckle Rose" soundtrack. It includes appearances by Emmylou Harris, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely, Jody Payne and Johnny Gimble, plus actresses Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving
    Oct 15, 1980
    Willie Nelson receives a gold album from the Recording Industry Association of America for the "Honeysuckle Rose" soundtrack
    Oct 26, 1980
    Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard play for 30,000 people at a rare stadium date at Anaheim Stadium in California with Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck. Haggard's set is recorded for the album "Rainbow Stew/Live At Anaheim Stadium"
    Nov 8, 1980
    Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" drives into the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart
    Nov 12, 1980
    Willie Nelson nabs his fifth platinum album from the RIAA, for "Honeysuckle Rose"

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