Former President Jimmy Carter and singer Willie Nelson, seen here in 1980, have been friends for decades.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

The making of a rock and roll president

Updated 12:03 PM ET, Tue December 29, 2020

Former President Jimmy Carter and singer Willie Nelson, seen here in 1980, have been friends for decades.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

When you think of "rock and roll," the name Jimmy Carter may not be the first that comes to mind. At 96, the oldest living former US president is known more for his humanitarian legacy than his music cred.

But if you take a closer look at his political career, you'll notice a dazzling trend: Carter kept company with some of the industry's most legendary musicians, first as governor of Georgia and then as president.

Relive Carter's encounters with music royalty in the photos below. For more, watch "Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President" on Sunday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET.