And on this date in 1981, he scored his seventh #1 on the country charts with “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”.
Of course, he wrote the song for his starring role as a country singer in the 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose. But the inspiration behind it remains unclear.
Some fans believe that, because of the word “angel” in the title, Willie wrote it about his friend, Hells Angels biker Charlie Magoo, though Willie has never confirmed or denied that. Willie has also hinted that it is about his ex-wife, Connie Koepke.
During live performances, he occasionally dedicates this song to his son Billy, the third child from his first marriage to Martha Matthews, who committed suicide in 1991.
Bob Dylan, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Alison Krauss have all covered the song, as well.