Can you believe it’s already mid-August? Welcome to the 98.1 Country Classic Show.  You can join me from 9 am to 1 pm for the very best in country classic music at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.

Today we’re offering you a bonus of the most requested songs from the radio show featuring Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Eddie Rabbitt and Linda Ronstadt.



Buck Owens – “Waitin’ in the Welfare Line” -- 1966



Fifty years ago, Buck Owens had a smashing country hit reaching number one on the country chart in 1966.  The song spent seven weeks at the top of the chart and was written by Buck Owens, Don Rich and Nat Stuckey.

In the news in 1966:

  • CBS backs out of plans to broadcast Psycho, deeming the movie too violent for at home viewing
  • The Food and Drug Administration declares the birth control pill safe for human use


I got the hungries for your love and I’m waitin’ in your welfare line, well I ain’t got nothing but the shirt on my back and an old two button shirt.




Dolly Parton – “Sweet Summer Lovin’” -- 1979


Bud Reneau and Blaise Tosti wrote this song, reaching number seven on the country chart.

In the news in 1979:

  • The Minnesota Daily publishes its “Christ Speaks!”  parody issue featuring sexual references prompting the U of M administration to try to take back a portion of the Daily’s student-activity fee.  The court takes a dim view of the U’s attempt to interfere with the first amendment.

Though the sun may be dawning you’re the one that lights the morning as I awake to the heaven of your sweet summer lovin.”



Charley Pride – “Roll On Mississippi” -- 1981



Another top ten single for Charley Pride on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.  It peaked at number seven.  The song was written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan.

In the news in 1981:

  • Pope John Paul II is wounded by a lone gunman
  • Air traffic controllers strike, disrupting flights on August 3rd, US Government dismisses strikers on August 11th

Roll on Mississippi walking along whistling a song, half foot and fancy free.



Eddie Rabbitt – “Driving my Life Away” -- 1980



“Driving my Life Away” was co-written by Eddie Rabbitt, David Malloy and Even Stevens.  The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot Chart.

In the news in 1980:

  • Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18th in Washington state killing 57
  • A severe summer heat wave in the southern US causes 1,117 deaths in 20 states

Well the midnight headlights blind you on a rainy night, steep grade up a head, slow me down, makin’ no time but I got to keep rollin’.



Linda Ronstadt – “When Will I Be Loved” -- 1975



Released in March 1975 and written by Phil Everly.  The song hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

In the news in 1975:

  • Home videotape systems (VCRs) are developed by Sony in Japan
  • Microsoft is founded this year

I’ve been cheated, been mistreated when will I be loved.



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