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Today we’re featuring The Bellamy Brothers, Brooks and Dunn, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Loretta Lynn.

 


 

The Bellamy Brothers – “Redneck Girl” -- 1982

 

 

David Bellamy wrote the song and it topped the chart at number one.

IN THE NEWS IN 1982:

  • The largest cash robbery in history occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armed car
  • A severe recession begins in the United States
  • The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time

Redneck girl likes to cruise in daddy’s pickup truck and a redneck girl plays hard when she’s down on her luck.

 


 

Brooks and Dunn – “My Maria” -- 1996

 

 

This song is co-written by B.W. Stevenson and Daniel Moore.  Brooks and Dunn released a cover version of the song in March of 1996.

IN THE NEWS IN 1989:

  • FBI arrests suspected Unabomber in April
  • Congress passes welfare reform bill on August 2nd, approved by President Clinton on August 22nd

My Maria don’t you know I’ve come a long, long way, I been longin’ to see her.

 


 

Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues” -- 1969

 

 

A single written by the late great Merle Haggard topping the chart at number one.

IN THE NEWS IN 1969:

  • James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee and was later sentenced to 99 years in jail; Ray later repudiated that plea
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the US dies at Walter Reed General Hospital at age 78

It’s a big job just getting’ by with nine kids and a wife, I been a workin’ man dang near all my life.

 


 

George Jones – “Who’s Gonna fill their Shoes” -- 1985

 

 

From the album of the same name, a song written by Troy Seals and Max Barnes scoring a number three hit for George Jones.

IN THE NEWS IN 1985:

  • TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollah on June 4th
  • Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows; Windows 1.0
  • Compact discs are introduced to American consumers

You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing.

 


 

Loretta Lynn – “You’re Lookin’ at Country” -- 1971

 

 

Loretta Lynn wrote this song.  The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

IN THE NEWS IN 1971:

  • President Mobutu renames the Democratic Republic of Congo, establishing Zaire on October 27th
  • Cigarette advertising ends on television and radio in the US

Well I like lovin’ done country style and this little girl would walk a country mile.

 


 

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