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Each Sunday, we offer-up an online bonus to enjoy after the radio show.  And today we feature five bonus tracks, hits from 1980 including George Jones, Johnny Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.

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George Jones – “He Stopped Loving Her Today”



George Jones got more records on the Billboard Country Singles Chart than any other artist -- 143 making the top 40 and 13 of those making it all the way to the top of the charts. That's a minor miracle, considering Jones didn't have much faith in the song. After recording it, he bet producer Billy Sherrill a hundred dollars --  and I quote Jones --“Nobody would buy that morbid SOB.” Jones lost the bet, but gained a lot more.  The song went to number one in July of 1980. 

He said I’ll love you til’ I die,
She told him you’ll forget.



Johnny Lee – “Looking For Love”



Johnny Lee recorded “Looking For Love” as part of the soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta.  The song was not expected to be released as a single.  Once the movie started playing in theaters, it became a single and sold in excess of one million copies.  The song went to number one and stayed there for three weeks. You'll no doubt heare Johnny Lee sing this song when he's on stage at Rollies Rednecks and Long Necks in Sauk Rapids on May 14th.


Barbara Mandrell – “Crackers”



Barbara Mandrell released “Crackers” in June 1980.  It’s from the album “Love is Fair.” It did well on the record charts, climbing to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 

Hello baby, I’m sorry I said the things I did. It was a silly fight.  I was wrong, you were right. What I really mean to say is you can eat crackers in bed anytime.



Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”



Willie Nelson turns 81 on April 29, 2014, still active and still going strong.  In 1980, he wrote “On the Road Again,” track number one on the album “Souvenirs.”  The song was released as a single and it soared to number one. 

On the road again, goin’ places that I’ve never been,
Seein’ things that I may never see again
and I can’t wait to get on the road again.



Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”



Dolly Parton wrote the score for 9-5 The Musical, a musical theatre adaptation of Parton’s feature film, “9-5,” where she portrayed a secretary.  The title song “9 to 5“ theme from the movie reached number one on the country charts hitting number one on the pop chart. 

Tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition.