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December 21st, 1979

Willie Nelson makes his film debut with the opening of "The Electric Horseman," also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The soundtrack would include several Nelson's contributions: "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", "So You Think You're a Cowboy", "Hands on the Wheel" and "Midnight Rider".

The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal company to become its spokesperson, and then runs away on a $12 million electric-lit horse and costume he is given to promote it in Las Vegas. Nelson plays Wendell Hickson, a veteran rodeo rider.

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    SINGLES

    2013 – Parmalee – “Carolina”

    2002 – Toby Keith – “Whose Your Daddy

    1996 – Alan Jackson – “Little Bitty

    1991 – Brooks & Dunn – “My Next Broken Heart

    1985 – George Strait – “The Chair

    1974 – Billy Swan – “I Can Help

    1968 – Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman

    1963 – Buck Owens – “Love’s Gonna Live Here

    1959 – Marty Robbins – “El Paso

    1946 – Merle Travis – “Divorce Me C.O.D.

     

    ALBUMS

    2013 – Garth Brooks – Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences

    2002 – Shania Twain – Up!

    1996 – LeAnn Rimes – Blue

    1991 – Garth Brooks – Ropin’ The Wind

    1985 – Gary Morris – Anything Goes

    1974 – John Denver – Back Home Again

    1968 – Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman

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