Good morning and 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 featuring Marty Robbins, Mickey Gilley, George Strait, Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell.



Marty Robbins – “The Story of my Life” -- 1957



A popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.  This number one country hit charted for 4 weeks at the top spot on the country chart.

In the news in 1957:

  • Russia launches Sputnik One, first Earth orbiting satellite as the space age begins on October 4th
  • Viet Cong Guerrillas begin terrorist bombing campaign and assassinate more than 400 South Vietnamese officials in Saigon, South Vietnam
  • The cost of a gallon of gas was 24 cents


Someday I’m going to write the story of my life, I’ll tell about the night we met.




Mickey Gilley – “Fool for Your Love” -- 1983



This song became Mickey Gilley’s sixteenth number hit on the country chart.  It’s written by Don Singleton.

In the news in 1983:

  • A terrorist explosion kills 237 US Marines in Beirut on October 23rd
  • The US Space Shuttle Challenger is launched on its maiden flight


I’m just a fool for you, baby I’m just a fool for your love, you take me half the way to heaven.



George Strait – “The Fireman” -- 1985



This top ten hit peaked at number five on the country chart. The song was written by Mack Vickey and Wayne Kemp.

In the news in 1985:

  • The availability of inexpensive laser printers and computers, tools for desktop publishing begin to be commonly used.
  • Lou Holtz resigns as the coach of the Golden Gophers and goes to Notre Dame


They call me the fireman, that’s my name, making my rounds all over town, putting out old flames.



Loretta Lynn – “You're Lookin’ at Country” -- 1971



Lynn wrote and recorded this top ten hit, landing at number five on the country chart.

In the news in 1971:

  • The Walt Disney World theme park is opened
  • A new stock market index called the NASDAQ debuts.


Well I like my lovin’ done country style and this little girl would walk a country mile to find her a good ole talkin’ country boy, I said a country boy.



Barbara Mandrell – “Years” -- 1980



Written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, it became Mandrell’s third number one on the country chart off the album ‘Just for the Record.’

In the news in 1980:

  • Three US nuns and a Lay Worker are found shot in El Salvador on December 4th
  • Japan becomes the world’s largest auto producing country


Faded photographs, the feelings all come back, even now sometimes you feel so near and I still see your face like it was yesterday.




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