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  • Nov 2, 1971
    Willie Nelson and Shirley Collie are divorced
    Mar 17, 1972
    An outdoors festival in Dripping Springs, Texas, is one of the first to draw hippies and traditional country fans, inspiring Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnics. In the lineup with Nelson are Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, Tex Ritter and Tom T. Hall
    Apr 25, 1972
    Willie Nelson begins two days of recording at RCA Studio B which yield the concept album "Phases And Stages." The first session includes "Pretend I Never Happened," which Waylon Jennings remakes weeks later
    Apr 27, 1972
    Willie Nelson concludes recording for the concept album "Phases And Stages" at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The last song on the date is the classic "Mountain Dew"
    Aug 11, 1972
    Willie Nelson delivers his inaugural performance at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, the site where he begins to find his audience
    Feb 5, 1973
    Willie Nelson begins recording his album "Shotgun Willie" at the Atlantic Recording Studios in New York. The project includes his first version of "Whiskey River"
    May 16, 1973
    Willie Nelson makes his first appearance in New York City, launching a six-night stint at a rock club, Max's Kansas City
    Jul 4, 1973
    Willie Nelson holds his first Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas. The lineup includes Tom T. Hall, Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Charlie Rich. Nelson's drummer, Paul English, gets married on stage with Jennings serving as best man
    Oct 10, 1973
    Willie Nelson sings the national anthem when the San Antonio Spurs play their first American Basketball Association game at home at HemisFair Arena. The San Diego Conquistadors win, 126-101
    Oct 14, 1973
    The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame adds Jack Clement ("Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"), Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), Harlan Howard ("Busted"), Roger Miller, Ed Nelson Jr., Steve Nelson ("Bouquet Of Roses") and Willie Nelson

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