Good morning country classic fans. It’s another 98.1 Country Classic Show.  You can join me from 9 am to 1 p m at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.  We’re offering you a bonus of the most requested songs from the radio show featuring George Strait, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Crystal Gayle.



George Strait – “Baby Blue” -- 1988



This single is written by Aaron Barker and released April 25, 1988.  The song topped the chart at number one.

In the news in 1988:

  • Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica
  • The first major computer virus infects computers connected to the internet


She looked so much like a lady, but she was so much like a child, a devil when she held me close, an angel when she smiled.



Mel Tillis – “I Got the Hoss” -- 1977



Gerald House wrote this song, it was released in August 1977 from the album, “Love’s Troubled Waters.”  It became a top ten hit reaching number three on the country chart.

In the news in 1977:

  • The first Apple Computer goes on sale
  • Jimmy Carter elected President of the United States


Hey Baby, let me see your brand new saddle, let’s that pretty thing up on my horse, let’s get it on real tight now.



Merle Haggard – “Big City” -- 1982



Co-written by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway, this song is from the album of the same name.  It became Haggard’s 27th number one country hit.

In the news in 1982:

  • On April 6th, a blizzard unprecedented in size for April dumps 1-2 feet of snow on the Northeastern US
  • Alexander Haig Jr. resigns as Secretary of State on June 25th


I’m tired of this dirty old city and tired of too much work and never enough play.



Johnny Cash – “If I Were a Carpenter” -- 1970


This song was written by Tim Hardin and covered by Johnny Cash and June Carter as a duet.  The song went to number two on the country chart.

In the news in 1970:

  • US troops invade Cambodia on May 11th
  • Kansas City defeats the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl


If I were a carpenter and you were a lady, would you marry me anyway? Would you have my baby?



Crystal Gayle – “Ready for the Times to Get Better” -- 1978



This song became Crystal Gayle’s fourth number one hit and was written by Allen Reynolds.

In the news in 1978:

  • After nearly 30 years, the Volkswagen Beetle stops production having manufactured 20 million cars worldwide
  • On November 3rd, the Caribbean Islands of Dominica became independent from Great Britain


I’ve got to tell you I’ve been rackin’ my brain hopin’ to find a way out, I’ve had enough of this continual rain.



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