Top of the morning and welcome to the 98.1 Country Classic Show.  You can join me from 9 am to 1 pm for the best in country classic music at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download the new 98.1 mobile app.

Today we’re featuring Johnny Duncan, Steve Earle, Moe Bandy, Emmylou Harris and Barbara Mandrell.

 


 

Johnny Duncan – “She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime)” -- 1978

 

This became Duncan’s third and final number one country hit.  It was written by Aaron Schroeder and Bob Halley.

In the news in 1978, after nearly 30 years the Volkswagen Beetle stops production and Hubert H. Humphrey and Norman Rockwell pass away.

She can put her shoes under my bed anytime, matter of fact she can move right into my life and stay.

 


 

Steve Earl – “Guitar Town” -- 1986

 

Written and recorded by Steve Earl from the album ‘Guitartown.’  It was one of the first country music albums recorded digitally.  The song topped the chart at number seven.

In the news in 1986, the first ever musicians are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a breakthrough in US and USSR Arms talks between Reagan and Gorbachev leads to commitment to disarm thus ending a long period of instability caused by the Cold War.

Hey pretty baby are you ready for me, it’s your good rockin daddy down from Tennessee.

 


 

 

Moe Bandy – “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” -- 1975

 

This song is written by Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Schaffer -- a top ten hit reaching number seven in July 1975.

In the news in 1975, New York City avoids bankruptcy when President Gerald Ford signed at 2.3 billion dollar loan, and the US pulls out of Cambodia.

Who was once a bull hooking son of a gun, now who keeps a pint hid out behind chute number one.

 


 

Emmylou Harris – “Blue Kentucky Girl” -- 1979

 

Emmylou Harris covered this top ten Loretta Lynn hit, reaching number six, written by Johnny Mullins.

In the news in 1979, due to the crisis in Iran, oil prices increase around the world and the public begins panic buying.  Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland becoming the first Pope to visit a communist country.

You left me for the bright lights of the town, a country boy set out to see the world.

 


 

Barbara Mandrell – “Crackers” -- 1980

 

This song is written by Kye Fleming and Denis Morgan.  It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1980, United States and 65 other countries boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, it was a protest against the Soviet War in Pakistan in 1979.

Hello baby, I’m sorry I said the things I did, it was a silly fight I was wrong, you were right.

 


 

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