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Great music. No limits. Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, ACL is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence.
There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson. His performance on the show's 1974 pilot episode kicked off four decades of the award-winning series, and has culminated in over sixteen appearances (and still counting!). He represents the best of Austin and the heart and soul of Austin City Limits.
Legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on April 26, 2014. A huge fan of country music and the music scene emerging in Austin in the 1970s, Coach Royal helped expand the booking of Austin City Limits and inspired the guitar pull format of several shows throughout the early decades of the program.
Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Coach Darrell Royal and show creator Bill Arhos are the first class of inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Go behind the scenes for the historic concert and ceremony.
How does Austin City Limits reflect the Austin music scene? Looking back on the past 36 years hear how the show has changed with the times and tastes of the local music scene plus the role the program has played in securing Austin's title as the Live Music Capital of the World.
Willie Nelson performs "Bloody Mary Morning" on October 17, 1974, the pilot episode of Austin City Limits. At the time, no one could have predicted that the fledgling music show from Austin, Texas, would still be around and delivering great performances decades later.