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Today we’re offering you a bonus of the most requested songs from the radio show featuring Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, K.T. Oslin and Conway Twitty.

 


 

Reba McEntire – “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”  -- 1992

 

 

Bobby Russell wrote this song, Vicki Lawrence recorded the song and took it to number one on the country-pop chart. Reba McEntire recorded the song in 1991 and scored a number 12 on Billboard’s Hot Country singles Chart in 1992.

In the news in 1992:

  • Bill Clinton is elected President, Al Gore Vice President, the Democrats control Congress
  • Ross Perot announces he will run as an independent in the upcoming Presidential race against Bill Clinton and President Bush

 

He was on his way home from candle top, been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop.

 


 

Tim McGraw – “I Like it, I Love It” -- 1995

 

 

This became Tim McGraw's ninth single and his third number one, written by Jeb Anderson.

In the news in 1995:

  • The criminal trial of O.J. Simpson opens in California January 24th
  • Pope John Paul II visits America on a whirlwind tour October 4th through the 8th

 

Spent 48 dollars last night at the county fair, I threw out my shoulder, but I won her a teddy bear.

 

 


 

Dolly Parton – “Here You Come Again” -- 1977

 

 

Here is one of those rare songs that Dolly Parton didn’t write.  It was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  It became a smash country hit topping the chart at number one for five weeks.  Plus, it was her first significant crossover hit.

In the news in 1977:

  • President Carter pardons Vietnam war draft evaders January 21st he cost of a gallon of gas was 65 cents.
  • The cost of a gallon of gas is 65 cents

 

Here you come again just when I’ve begun to get myself together, you waltz right in the door just like you’ve done before.

 


 

K.T. Oslin – “80's Ladies” - 1987

 

 

Written and recorded by K.T. Oslin, this was a top ten hit at number seven on the country chart.  It won Song of the Year at the 1988 CMA awards.

In the news in 1987:

  • William Buckley, American hostage in Lebanon reported slain on January 20th
  • The US Supreme Court rules Rotary Clubs must admit women on May 4th

We were three little girls from school, one was pretty, one was smart and one was a borderline fool.

 


 

Conway Twitty – “Saturday Night Special” -- 1988

 

 

A song written by Larry Bastian and Dewayne Blackwell, "Saturday Nite Special" was a top ten hit resting at number nine on the country chart.

In the news in 1988:

  • Benazir Bhutto, first Islamic Woman Prime Minister chosen to lead Pakistan
  • Prince Charles escapes avalanche in Switzerland

 

I was there to buy a Pistol, she was there to hock her ring, the broker in that pawnshop deals in almost anything, he’ll pay you for your misery.

 


 

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