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  • Jul 4, 1980
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic draws 45,000 in 101-degree weather near Austin. Guests include: Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Delbert McClinton, Leon Russell and Ray Price. The Charlie Daniels Band misses the show, stranded at the airport
    Jul 5, 1980
    Willie Nelson records "Mona Lisa" at Gilley's Recording Studio in Pasadena, Texas
    Jul 15, 1980
    Columbia releases Willie Nelson's soundtrack album "Honeysuckle Rose." It also includes performances by Emmylou Harris, Jody Payne, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Johnny Gimble, among others
    Jul 18, 1980
    Willie Nelson's "Honeysuckle Rose" has its California premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles
    Aug 7, 1980
    Columbia releases Willie Nelson's single "On The Road Again"
    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


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