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Today we’re featuring Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Vern Gosdin and Conway Twitty.

 


 

Merle Haggard – “Hungry Eyes” -- 1969

 

Written and recorded by Merle Haggard, the song was released in February 1969.  It topped the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Chart at number one.

In the news in 1969, on July 20th, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon and voiced the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  250,000 march on Washington D.C. to protest the Vietnam War and Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

 

A canvas covered cabin in a crowded labor camp, stand out in this memory I revived.

 


 

Alan Jackson – “Gone Country” -- 1994

 

This number one country hit scored a number one for Alan Jackson.  Written by Bob McDill from the album ‘Who I Am.’

In the news in 1994, Tonya Harding wins the National Championship title, but is stripped of her title following an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrinton.  The Whitewater scandal investigation begins.

 

She’s been playing in a room on the strip for ten years in Vegas, every night she looks in the mirror and she only ages.

 


 

Vern Gosdin – “Chiseled in Stone” -- 1988

 

This song was co-written by Max Barnes and Vern Gosdin, the song was a top ten hit reaching number six.  It also won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1989.

In the news in 1988, During March 1988, Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and  Albert Hakim are indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States government for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.  The first major computer virus infects computers that are connected to the internet.

 

You ran cryin’ to the bedroom I ran off to the bar.

 


 

Conway Twitty – “That’s my Job” -- 1987

 

Written by Gary Burr, from the album ‘Borderline.’  Topped the country chart at number six.

In the news in 1987, Terry Waite -- the special envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon -- is kidnapped in Beirut, and a rare earthquake 5.0 on the Richter scale on June 11th affects 14 states in the Midwest and parts of Canada.

 

I woke up cryin’ late at night when I was very young, I had dreamed my father had passed away and gone.

 


 

Merle Haggard – “Are the Good Times Really Over” -- 1982

 

This song reached number two on the Billboard Hot Country Chart.  The theme of the song is the desire to return to a simpler time.  It was written and recorded by Merle Haggard.

In the news in 1982, Israel returns the Sinai to Egypt and Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide kill seven in Chicago September 29th.

 

I wish a buck was still silver; it was back when the country was strong.

 


 

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