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Country music icons Willie Nelson and Leon Russell had fans in tears when their staggering duet of a George Jones classic left fans with a sadness they had never experienced.
Performing the ballad “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, Nelson and Russell used the song’s crippling lyrics to appeal to broken-hearted fans that knew the feeling of lost love all too well.
Russell was the first voice to send off the emotional rollercoaster, allowing his iconic vocals to deeply embody each devastating lyrics after the next.
Amidst the somber instrumentals, Rusell’s voice rang out singing “He said ‘I’ll love you till I die’, she told him ‘You’ll forget in time’/ As the years went slowly by, she still preyed upon his mind.”
The crowd was holding back tears as the two men continued moving patiently through the tune.
Nelson followed his lead, smoothly transitioning into the melody to sing the lyrics, “He kept her picture on his wall, went half-crazy now and then/ He still loved her through it all, hoping she’d come back again.”
The two legends continue throughout the beautiful number, allowing their unique voices to not only stand out alone – but also produce a wondrous blend of power and heritage. Fans were deeply touched by this emotional performance, deeply clinging to what little strength they had left to keep from bursting into tears.
You can experience the passionate performance below, but be sure to keep your tissues handy.
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