Pixie, I can't remember if it was Waylon Jennings or Kris Kristofferson I saw interviewed, but they were saying how trying to play with Willie drove them around the bend because of his timing. I guess that's a real tribute to Jody, Bobbie, Paul and the rest of Willie's "family".
Joe, Great point. It was Stardust that opened my ears to the likes of Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
Banjo Johnny, I can't believe that you asked for no flames, but I'll try to comply. I hope your opinion of Willie is not formed by the guy who sounds "exactly" like him. I've heard guys try to sound exactly like Willie, Neil Young, Dylan and many others. The soul gets lost and it's the soul that counts.