Country music legend Willie Nelson is one of the few standing pillars of classic country music. He and his music have withstood time and have fought back the issues brought about by the rise of contemporary music. His music career has spanned over 60 years and what a better way to celebrate such an amazing artist than to sing his own songs.

In 2003, Nelson celebrated his 70th birthday in which singers from different genres joined together to honor an incredible artist. True enough, the night was filled with talented artists who have created a night of superb music.

To celebrate Nelson’s birthday, artists with the likes of Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Paul Simon, Kenny Chesney, Ray Price, and John Mellencamp came to honor The Red Headed Stranger.

Shania Twain and Willie Nelson sing “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” during Nelson’s 70th birthday in 2003. | Photo Credits: rollingstone.com

However, the night went still when fellow country music artist Shania Twain sang onstage with the birthday celebrator. Both artists performed his hit “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain.” It was Nelson’s no. 1 hit in 1975 from his album Red Headed Stranger. It was one of the songs that help in his career boom as a singer.

As a backtrack, Nelson once worked with famous country music icons before his success with the Red Headed Stranger. In fact, he primarily worked as a songwriter. He had written hit songs including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Paper,” and Billy Walker’s “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

Furthermore, “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” hit charts in 1975 and became Nelson’s first number one song.

In his duet with Twain, Nelson showed onstage with his guitar and accompanied Twain and the band. He then harmonized vocals with the lady crooner during the chorus. It was truly a blend of talent and an incredible performance from the two.

Watch Twain and Nelson sing “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain:”

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