Happy New Year from me to you.  We begin another year of country classics, 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 are featuring George Hamilton IV, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Charly McClain and a duet from Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.



George Hamilton the IV – “Abilene” -- 1963



This number one country hit is written by Bob Gibson, Albert Stanton, Lester Brown and John D. Loudermilk.  George Hamilton IV performed “Abilene” in the 1963 movie ‘Hootenanny Hoot.’

In the news in 1963:

  • Pope John XXIII dies on June 3rd
  • Viewers tuned to NBC witness Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on camera, the first live telecast of a murder


Abilene, Abilene prettiest town I ever seen, folks down there don’t treat you mean in Abilene, my Abilene.



Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named Sue” -- 1969



Shel Silverson wrote this song scoring a number two position on Billboard's Hot Country Chart.

In the news in 1969:

  • President Nixon begins “Vietnamization” in Southeast Asia
  • We lost a couple names in politics -- Dwight D Eisenhower and Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of JFK


My daddy left home when I was three and he didn’t leave much to ma and me, just the old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.



Waylon Jennings – “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” -- 1968


This song spent 18 weeks on the Hot Country Singles chart peaking at number two.  It was written by Jimmy Bryant.

In the news in 1968:

  • North Korea seizes US Navy ship “Pueblo” and holds 83 on board as spies on January 23rd
  • President Johnson announces he will not seek, nor accept the presidential nomination on March 31st
  • the Big Mac goes on sale in McDonald's costing 49 cents


Everybody knows you’ve been steppin’ on my toes and I’m getting’ pretty tired of it, you keep a steppin’ out of line.



Charly McClain – “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” -- 1980



Charly McClain’s first number-one hit on Billboard's Hot Country Chart.  The song was written by Jerry Hughes.

In the news in 1980:

  • The Iran-Iraq war begins September of 1980 Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18
  • Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18th in Washington State killing 57
  • Kramer vs. Kramer wins the Academy Award for Best Picture


Everywhere you look, you can write a book on the trouble with a woman and a man.


Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn – “I Still Believe in Waltzes” -- 1981


"I Still Believe in Waltzes" was written by Bob Morrison, Johnny Macrae and Michael Hughes.  It was recorded as a duet by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.  The song topped the country chart at number two.

In the news in 1981:

  • Israel annexes the disputed Golan Heights territory on December 14th
  • the first American test-tube baby is born.


I pushed him away and carefully said I’m just not that kinda girl.





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