Willie Nelson Fights Back Tears At Tribute Song Sung Especially For Him


We’ve heard country music stars cover a wide variety of Willie Nelson songs in the past, but no performance has been as emotional and powerful as this rendition of “Seven Spanish Angels” by Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson. Their voices blend together perfectly and the way they honor the song almost brings Willie and his wife to tears.

Even though “Seven Spanish Angels” was released al the way back in November 1974, it’s been a fan favorite ever since. The song immediately rose to the top of the charts and remained there for three months – by the song’s success, it was clear that Americans loved the combination of Willie’s voice with Ray Charles’ sound. “Seven Spanish Angels” is widely considered to be one of the best country duets of all time, and it’s one of the reasons why Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson decided to sing it for Willie on the night of the Gershwin Prize Awards Ceremony. Willie sat hand-in-hand with his wife, Annie D’Angelo, and listened as the pair gave new life to his classic song.

By the end of the performance, Willie was nearly in tears. The videographer captured a misty Willie smiling down at Alison and Jamey fondly. By the look in his eyes, it was easy to tell that Willie was proud of his country music brother and sister and approved of their rendition. Listen to Alison and Jamey sing “Seven Spanish Angels” for yourself by pressing “play” below. This is a song that will never get old!