98 Country Classics Bonus — Cash, Bogguss, Pride, Gayle and Anderson [VIDEOS]
Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we take you back to country music’s roots on The 98 Country Classic Show. There are some songs that don’t get a lot of airplay, so we thought we would offer-up some of those here at 98country.com.
Johnny Cash – “Rock Island Line”
From a very young age, Johnny Cash liked trains. So it’s no surprise that in 1970, he covered Lonnie Donegan’s 1956 Top 10 hit, “Rock Island Line.” Even though it didn’t chart very high, it’s one of Cash’s signature songs.
Suzy Bogguss – “Someday Soon”
Singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss sang about a relationship in Ian Tyson‘s song “Someday Soon.” It goes like this:
There’s a young man that I know whose age is twenty-one
Comes from down in southern Colorado
Just out of the service, he’s lookin’ for his fun
Someday soon, goin’ with him someday soon
Familiar? Judy Collins and Moe Bandy have also recorded versions of “Someday Soon.”
Charley Pride – “Burgers and Fries”
Charley Pride wanted to play professional baseball and played briefly in the Pioneer League. But baseball as a career was not meant to be. He turned to country music and is only the second African American to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Pride had many country hits. In 1978, he recorded “Burgers and Fries,” went to number two on the country chart.
Crystal Gayle – “Our Love is on the Fault Line”
Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn’s youngest sister bears no vocal and little physical resemblance to Loretta. Her signature song is of course, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” She has accumulated 20 number one hits. My favorite is “Our Love is on the Fault Line.” I love the lyrics:
Now theres a chilly wind a blowin’,
And its whippin’ up a gale.
Storm clouds are brewin’,
And I know its gonna hail.
John Anderson – “I Wish I Could Have Been There”
John Anderson’s voice and songwriting have a distinct and modern quality while remaining rooted in the honky-tonk music styles of the 1950’s. Here is a great example — “I Wish I Could Have Been There.” No doubt, the song is about Anderson missing all those important events in his life, while making a living on the road somewhere miles away.