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  • Jan 13, 1981
    Country movie music scores big at the Grammys, as "Urban Cowboy" tracks net four nominations, "Roadie" songs get three, and "Honeysuckle Rose" picks up two. Sissy Spacek gets a nomination for her performance of "Coal Miner's Daughter"
    Jan 27, 1981
    Columbia releases Willie Nelson's album "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
    Feb 25, 1981
    Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" wins Best Country Song during the 23rd annual Grammy Awards in New York
    Mar 21, 1981
    "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" lifts Willie Nelson to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    May 2, 1981
    Willie Nelson begins a three-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
    May 5, 1981
    Willie Nelson's album "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is certified gold by the RIAA
    Jun 8, 1981
    Two future Country Music Hall of Fame members hook up for two days of recording, as Willie Nelson and Webb Pierce cut the duet album "In The Jailhouse Now." The project also features Leon Russell and The Band's Richard Manuel
    Aug 13, 1981
    Willie Nelson's album "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America
    Aug 17, 1981
    Willie Nelson suffers a collapsed lung while swimming in Hawaii
    Aug 21, 1981
    Columbia releases the double-disc Willie Nelson album "Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be)"

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