Welcome to the first Sunday of September, another edition of the 98.1 Country Classic Show.  We’re on air at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download the 98.1 mobile app.

Today we’re featuring Bill Anderson, Charley Pride, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell and Olivia Newton John.

 


 

Bill Anderson – “Still” -- 1963

 

This song is written and performed by Bill Anderson, his second number one country hit landing at number one and stayed there for seven weeks.

In the news in 1963, Average income per year was $5,807.00, the biggest story was the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22nd, and the Soviet Union launches the Vostok 6 Spacecraft during June.  The craft carried Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

 

Still though you broke my heart, still though we’re far apart I love you still.

 


 

Charley Pride – “Mountain of Love” --  1981

 

Written by Harold Dorman, covered by Charley Pride.  It topped the chart at number one.

In the news in 1981, Dynasty debuts on television, Sandra Day O’Connor takes her seat as the first female Justice of the Supreme Court.

 

Standing on a mountain looking down on a city, the way I feel is a dog-gone city.

 


 

Alabama – “Born Country” -- 1992

 

This Billboard Hot Country song topped the chart at number two.  It was written by Byron Hill and John Schweers.

In the news in 1992, Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida on August 22nd and Mike Tyson is convicted of the rape of Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington.

 

Clear creeks and cool mountain mornings, honest work out in the field, corn bread in my mama’s kitchen.

 


 

Barbara Mandrell – “Crackers” -- 1980

 

Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan wrote this Top Ten Billboard Country Hot landing at number three from the album ‘Love is Fair.’

In the news in 1980, the Iran-Iraq war begins in September of 1980 after Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein orders his forces to invade Western Iran. Zimbabwe -- formerly Rhodesia -- gains independence.

 

Hello baby, I’m sorry I said the things I did, it was a silly fight, I was wrong, you were right, What I really mean to say is you can eat crackers in my bed anytime, baby.

 


 

Olivia Newton-John – “Let me be There” -- 1973

 

This country influenced song was Olivia Newton-John’s first top ten single in the US peaking at number six and won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country vocalist.  The song was written by John Rostill.

In the news in 1973, Chrysler and other US car makers close a number of plants affecting 100,000 workers.  US troops are withdrawn from Vietnam and US involvement in Vietnam War ends with the signing of peace. The average cost of a new house is $32,500.

 

Where ever you go, where ever you may wander in your life, surely you know I always want to be there.

 


 

 

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