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Today we’re featuring Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, a duet with Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, Crystal Gayle and Tracy Lawrence.



Johnny Cash – “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” -- 1959



This number one hit stayed at the top spot for six weeks.  Written and performed by Johnny Cash.

In the news in 1959:

  • The St. Lawrence Seaway is completed
  • On TV --  “Rawhide,” “Bonanza” and Twilight Zone”


A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm, a boy filled with wonderlust who really ment no harm.



Rosanne Cash – “Runaway Train” -- 1988



This song written by John Stewart, it became Rosanne Cash’s ninth number one country hit.

In the news in 1988:

  • Republicans sweep 40 states in general election, Bush beats Dukakis on November 8th
  • Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile


I’m worried about you, I am worried about me, the curves around midnight aren’t easy to see.




Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius – “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You” -- 1976



This song was the most successful single for both Brown and Cornilus as a duo and as solo artists.  The single went to number one, written by Fred Imus and Phil Sweet.

In the news in 1976:

  • The great USA celebrates its Bicentennial on July 4th
  • Eccentric American billionaire Howard Hughes who had been a recluse for 20 years dies at age 70


I don’t want to have to marry you, I don’t want to say I do, I want our love to be free.



Crystal Gayle – “When I Dream” -- 1979 



A top ten hit written by Sandy Theoret topping out at number three on the country chart.

In the news in 1979:

  • An American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including two on the ground
  • Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels dies at 91 on January 3rd


I could have a mansion that is higher than the trees, I could have all the gifts I want and never ask please.



Tracy Lawrence – “Time Marches On” -- 1996



This song was the fifteenth chart single for Tracy Lawrence's career.  It spent three weeks at number one and was written by Bobby Braddock.

In the news in 1996:

  • The first flip phone -- the Motorola Startac -- goes on sale
  • Ella Fitzgerald, former Vice President Spiro Agnew and George Burns pass away


Sister cries out from her baby bed brother runs in feathers on his head.


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