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  • Oct 11, 1976
    The "Outlaws" album dominates at the 10th Country Music Association awards, as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson win three trophies in tandem at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. "The Outlaws" earns Album of the Year, "Good Hearted Woman" is Single, and Jennings and Nelson take Vocal Duo
    Nov 20, 1976
    Willie Nelson hits #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with "The Troublemaker"
    Nov 24, 1976
    "Wanted: The Outlaws"--featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter--becomes the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped
    Jan 8, 1977
    Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam III at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Guests include Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Paycheck. Performances are combined with parts of the 1976 show to create a "Volunteer Jam" live album
    Jan 31, 1977
    Loretta Lynn wins twice at the American Music Awards, and Johnny Cash becomes the first country artist to receive the Award of Merit. Also winning: Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles
    Feb 25, 1977
    Show host Loretta Lynn and Mickey Gilley perform together during the week's episode of "The Midnight Special." Also appearing on the NBC series are Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriguez and Kinky Friedman
    Mar 8, 1977
    Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard talk about environmental issues with Robert Redford at the Nashville home of producer Billy Sherrill. Other party guests include Marty Robbins, Charlie Rich, Johnny Paycheck, Charlie Daniels, Mel Tillis and Ray Stevens
    May 21, 1977
    Waylon Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)," featuring vocal guest Willie Nelson, begins a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart
    Jul 3, 1977
    Willie Nelson holds his Fourth of July Picnic one day early, attracting 70,000 fans to the Tulsa Speedway. The lineup includes Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jerry Jeff Walker
    Jul 13, 1977
    The Country Music Association denies a request by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to have their names removed from the awards ballot. The two say they oppose competition among artists and specifically do not want to compete with each other

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