Good morning and welcome to the 98 Country Classic Show online and over-the-air. Sit back, turn up these classic country songs and enjoy!

This week the focus is on five great songs from 1962 and '63. Some great songs made classic by Bobby Bare, Marion Worth, Claude King, Johnny Cash and Bill Anderson.

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Bobby Bare -- "Detroit City"
1963

 

 

Bobby Bare took an electric approach to music that truly identified him as a story teller, humorist, folksy and country outlaw.  Bare’s version of Mel Tillis’ “Detroit City” became his first top ten country hit and earned him a Grammy for Best Country Recording.

 


 

Marion Worth -- "Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)"
1963

 

 

Marion Worth was born Mary Ann Ward July 4, 1935.  In 1959, she had her first minor hit. It was 1963 when she recorded “Shake Me I Rattle Squeeze Me I Cry” which reached country’s top 15.  On Sunday, December 19, 1999, Worth died in Nashville, Tennessee from complications of emphysema.  She was 64 years old.

 


 

Claude King -- "Wolverton Mountain"
1962

 

 

Despite a career spanning more than 50 years, Claude King remains indentified with just one song -- “Wolverton Mountain.” That's even though King charted another 27 records over the next fifteen years.  King died suddenly at age 90 in 2013.

 


 

Johnny Cash -- "Ring of Fire"
1963

 

 

Of all the songs recorded by Johnny Cash, the most requested by fans is “Ring of Fire” from 1963.  Cash’s rendition of “Ring of Fire” was a crossover-hit reaching number one on the country charts and into the top 20 on the pop chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore.

 


 

Bill Anderson -- "Still"
1963

 

 

Bill Anderson became known as “Whispering Bill,” as a nod to his breathy voice and a soft approach to singing country music.  Anderson is one of the most enduring entertainers of our time.  He is also one of the most awarded songwriters in the history of country music.