Welcome to the 98 Country Classic Show.  You can join me from 9 am to 1 pm for the very best in country classic music at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.  Today we’re offering you a bonus of the most requested songs from the radio show featuring Eddy Raven, John Conlee, Randy Travis, Kathy Mattea and a duet by Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan.



Eddy Raven – “I Got Mexico” -- 1984



This song is co-written with Frank Myers and recorded by Eddy Raven.  It became Raven’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1984:

  • Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated
  • Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz shoots four black youth on a Manhattan subway


I just got tired of that same old job, tired of fightin' that freeway mob; I bet you never thought I’d really go.



John Conlee – “The Carpenter” -- 1986


A top ten country hit topping out at number six, written by Guy Clark.

In the news in 1986:

  • A breakthrough in US and USSR arms talks between President Reagan and Gorbachev leads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability cause by the Cold War
  • The Oprah Winfrey show debuts nationally in September 1986


Let us now praise the carpenter and the things that he made and the way that he loved by the tools of the trade.



Randy Travis – “I Told You So” -- 1988



Written and recorded by Randy Travis from the album, “Always and Forever.”  It reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1988:

  • NASA scientist James Hansen warns congress of the dangers of global warming and the greenhouse effect
  • The US space shuttle program resumes 2 ½ years after Challenger disaster


Suppose I called you up tonight and told you that I love you and suppose I said I want to come back home.



Kathy Mattea – “Burnin Old Memories” -- 1989



Larry Boone, Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson wrote this song.  It became Kathy Mattea’s fourth and final number one on the country chart.

In the news in 1989:

  • After 28 years, the Berlin Wall is open to the West on November 11th
  • Ruptured oil tanker Valdez sends 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William sound on March 24th

I used to love him, that ain’t no lie, we had a good thing till he said goodbye, then with one touch, you set my heart a blaze.




Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan – “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” -- 1990



This song is a duet by Keith Whitley with then wife, Lorrie Morgan.  It was posthumously-released in July 1990.  The song peaked at number 13 on the country singles chart.  Writers were Bill Rice and Sharon Vaughn.

In the news in 1990:

  • General Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama
  • The Saturn Range of cars are launched by General Motors


Darling I can see the clouds around you and in your heart I know a sorrow grows, but if you weep I’ll be right there to hold you.



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