People, Sep. 25, 1978

As a duo, they weren't bad. Willie Nelson's slightly nasal baritone complemented Rosalynn Carter's soft soprano, and the crowd clapped rousingly to the music. The First Lady had no trouble with the lyrics since both she and Jimmy know Nelson's hits by heart. The setting was the White House lawn, where Nelson, the king of outlaw country, put on a stompin' good show last week. The most eye-opening song of the evening: Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother. The President himself, a stock car racing buff and Nelson's No. 1 fan, had planned...

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