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This week for the Country Classic Bonus we are featuring country hits from the year 1982 from Merle Haggard, George Jones, Mel McDaniel, Ron Milsap and Dolly Parton.


In the news in 1982:
  • the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome opened,
  • John Hinckley found not guilty because of insanity in the shooting of President Reagan, and,
  • a permanent artificial heart implanted in a human for the first time in Dr. Barney Clark.



Merle Haggard – “Big City”



“Big City” is a song recorded by Merle Haggard and co-written by the Hag and Dean Holloway.  The song was released in January 1982 as the title track from his Big City album.  In April 1982,  the song hit number one on the country chart.

I’m tired of this dirty old city, entirely too much work and never enough play.



George Jones – “Same Ole Me”



“Same ole Me,” a song from the album "Still the Same Ole Me", recorded by George Jones.  The album was released in late 1981.  The single went to number five in February 1982.  The Oak Ridge Boys did the back up vocals on the song.  “Same Ole Me” was written by Paul Overstreet.

With time my face has wrinkled but my eyes sparkle.



Mel McDaniel – “Big Ole Brew”



“Big Ole Brew” recorded by Mel McDaniel and released in June of 1982 as the third single from the album "Take Me to the Country.”  It was originally recorded by the country rock band Amazing Rhythm Aces.  McDaniel took the song to number four on the country charts in July 1982.



Ronnie Milsap – “Any Day Now”



Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard wrote “Any Day Now” in 1962. It has been recorded by various artists over the years.  Ronnie Milsap recorded the song and scored with a number one country hit in May of 1982.

Any day now I will hear you say goodbye my love and you’ll be on your way. 



Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”



“I Will Always Love You” has an interesting past.  Released in 1974 from the album “Jolene,” Dolly Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner from whom she was professionally splitting up with at the time.  It went to number one in 1974.  Parton later re-recorded the song in 1982, when it was included on the soundtrack of the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” once again topping the chart at number one on the Billboards Hot Country Singles Chart.  Whitney Houston recorded the same song for the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” which became one of the best pop selling singles of all time.