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Today we’re featuring Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Marty Robbins, George Strait and the Statler Brothers.

Randy Travis – “Digging up Bones” -- 1986

This number one hit was written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore and Nat Stuckey.  Shortly before Stuckey’s death, Randy Travis released this popular country hit.

In the news in 1986, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time, The Challenger space shuttle disaster occurs, all seven crew members die.  And smoking on public transportation is banned.

Last night I dug your picture out from our old dresser drawer, I set it on the table and I talked to it till four.


Keith Whitley – “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” -- 1989

This song was the last single released before Keith Whitley’s death.  It peaked at number one. It was written by Sonny Curtis and Ron Hellard.

In the news in 1989, the Berlin Wall opens, communism declines in Eastern Europe.  US troops invade Panama to oust strongman Manuel Noriega and President Bush signs a $166 billion bailout to cope with the widening crisis in the savings and loan industry.

I'm no stranger to the rain, I’m a friend of thunder, friend is it any wonder lightning strikes me.

Marty Robbins – “El Paso City” -- 1976

Marty Robbins wrote and recorded “El Paso City” an indirect sequel to his 1959 smash hit “El Paso.”  The song was Robbins 15th number one on the country chart.

In the news in 1976, a tidal wave in the Philippines kills 5,000 and NASA unveils the first space shuttle, the Enterprise.

From thirty thousand feet above the desert floor, I see it there below a city with a legend.

George Strait – “I Cross my Heart” -- 1992

A song written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz, released in late September and peaked at number one on December 5th.

In the news in 1992, Yitzhak Rabin comes to power in Israel promising to pursue peace talks with PLO.  The Minnesota Timberwolves finish with the worst record in the N.B.A. they fall to third in the draft lottery and get Christian Laettner instead of Shaq.

Our love is unconditional we knew it from the start, I can see it in your eyes, you can feel it from my heart.

Statler Brothers – “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine” -- 1978

A song written by Don Reid and Harold Reid, it became the first of four number one country hits for the Statler Brothers.

In the news in 1978, Egypt and Israel sign the camp David Accords in an effort to secure peace between the two nations, Indira Gandhi faces fraud charges in India and Norman Rockwell, painter and illustrator dies.

She was standing in the crowd, all alone and lookin pretty, listening to the music that we played.

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