In honor of Willie Nelson's 80th birthday, on April 30, 2013 we showcase one of the greatest albums in Country Music history, Stardust.

In 1978, just off the success of his first No. 1 singles 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,' 'Good Hearted Woman,' and 'If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time,' Willie Nelson approached Columbia Records with the idea to record an album of pop standards.

The idea doesn't seem so rare now, but back in the day, Willie Nelson was one of the very first Country Music artists to have great success with the idea of reviving classic music from another genre. Stardust's appeal shocked everyone by selling over five million copies and cementing itself on the Country Music Album Charts for just over 10 years!

The fact that the project remained a charting best seller for a solid decade, makes this one of the most treasured and important albums in Country Music history. The album produced three top hits including 'Georgia On My Mind' (No. 1) 'Blue Skies' (No. 1) and 'All Of Me' (No. 3). Through the years, Willie Nelson has released several albums of standards and classics representing all genres, and it all started with Stardust. By the way, that's Willie Nelson pictured above, just weeks before his 80th birthday performing at Keith Urban's All For The Hall benefit.

The first ever Taste of Country Music Festival is coming to Hunter Mountain for three days of great country music starting on June 13th, 2013. The lineup features Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry,Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, and many more. Tickets start at $120 and are on sale now.