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  • Dec 14, 1979
    Columbia releases the soundtrack to the Robert Redford/Willie Nelson movie "The Electric Horseman," featuring music by Nelson and by Dave Grusin
    Dec 21, 1979
    Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of "The Electric Horseman," also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson's hits "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" and "Midnight Rider"
    Jan 10, 1980
    Willie Nelson records "Faded Love" with his buddy--and former boss--Ray Price
    Jan 12, 1980
    Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam VI at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, with Ted Nugent, Ray Price, Crystal Gayle, Al Kooper, Mickey Gilley, Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers Band, Rufus Thomas, Elvin Bishop and Bobby Jones & New Life
    Feb 1, 1980
    Dolly Parton sings "Here You Come Again" and "Two Doors Down" on NBC's "The Midnight Special," hosted by The Captain & Tennille. Olivia Newton-John performs "Have You Never Been Mellow," Crystal Gayle delivers "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," and Willie Nelson does "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"
    Mar 6, 1980
    "Willie Nelson Sings Kristofferson" is certified gold by the RIAA, while "Willie & Family Live" hits the platinum mark
    Mar 8, 1980
    Willie Nelson reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"
    Apr 15, 1980
    Willie Nelson delivers two shows in Atlanta to raise money for president Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign
    May 1, 1980
    Willie Nelson wins Entertainer of the Year in the 15th annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. His motion picture debut, "The Electric Horseman," is also named Country Music Movie of the Year
    May 3, 1980
    Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Sissy Spacek and former president Gerald Ford are among the celebrities in the infield at Churchill Downs in Louisville as Genuine Risk wins the Kentucky Derby

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