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  • Sep 2, 1978
    Willie Nelson opens for The Grateful Dead at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Waylon Jennings cancels his planned appearance
    Sep 13, 1978
    Willie Nelson makes a White House appearance, invited by president Jimmy Carter to a NASCAR reception for 500 people. Carter, involved in Middle East peace talks, is unable to attend, but brother Billy Carter sings "Goodnight Irene" with Nelson
    Sep 28, 1978
    The Statler Brothers record "How To Be A Country Star" at Nashville's Sound Stage. The third verse celebrates Sonny James, Minnie Pearl, Little Jimmy Dickens, Earl Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell
    Nov 1, 1978
    Willie Nelson receives the inaugural Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 46th annual Country Music Association awards, aired by ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena
    Nov 8, 1978
    Columbia releases the album "Willie & Family Live," including appearances by Johnny Paycheck and Emmylou Harris
    Dec 26, 1978
    Willie Nelson receives a platinum album from the RIAA for "Stardust"
    Jan 4, 1979
    Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson play the Bottom Line in New York. The date draws guests Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds and Candice Bergen
    Jan 6, 1979
    Willie Nelson's two-record set "Willie & Family Live" rises to the top of the Billboard country albums chart
    Jan 23, 1979
    The Nashville Banner declares Dolly Parton the highest-paid country concert performer, valued at a reported $60,000 per show. Willie Nelson is next at $50,000. A South Dakota promoter says he's more interested in The Oak Ridge Boys, at $15,000
    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

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