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Today we feature five bonus tracks -- plus videos -- from 1987.


In the news in 1987:
  • US Supreme Court rules rotary clubs must admit women.
  • Oliver North Jr. tells congressional inquiry higher officials approved his secret "Iran Contra Operations."
  • The Minnesota Twins win the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3.

In country music we were listening to the top ten hits from Randy Travis, Earl Thomas Conley, George Strait, a duet from Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers and Restless Heart.



Randy Travis – “Forever and Ever, Amen”



“Forever and Ever, Amen,” -- a song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz and recorded by Randy Travis -- was the first single from the album "Always and Forever."  It became Travis’ third number one single on Billboard's "Hot Country Singles Chart."  In 1987, the song won a Grammy for "Best Country Song" and an Academy of Country Music award for "Song of the Year."



Earl Thomas Conley – “I Can’t Win for Losin’ You”



A song written by Robert Byrne and Rick Bowles and recorded by Earl Thomas Conley, it’s the second single from the album "Too Many Times."  It was Conley’s twelfth number one country single and spent thirteen weeks on the country chart.  Conley slips into a breathy, soulful voice singing about paying dues for a love that got away.



George Strait – “Ocean Front Property”



"Ocean Front Property" was written by Dean Dillion, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter and recorded by George Strait.  It's about a soon-to-be ex-lover that he will not miss  when she is gone and will never take her back or be haunted by her memory.  It became a number one hit.

If you leave me, I won’t miss you, and I won’t ever take you back.



Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers – “Make No Mistake She’s Mine”



“Make No Mistake She’s Mine” was written by Kim Carnes and recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand, they subbed the word "he" for "she."  Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers covered the song in 1987.  The song topped the Billboard Country Chart.  And it won a Grammy for "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals."

Don’t call her up anymore cause I don’t wanna see your face.



Restless Heart – “Why Does It Have to be (Wrong or Right)”



Restless Heart's "Why Does It Have to be (Wrong or Right)" hit number one on the country chart in June 1987 and remained on the charts for 14 weeks. The song is all about adultery. The singer is seeing a married woman, who is trying to end the affair. The song was written by Nashville songwriters Don Lowery and Randy Sharp.



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