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Today we’re featuring Tammy Wynette, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson and Razzy Bailey.


Tammy Wynette – “Kids say the Darndest Things” -- 1973


Billy Sherrill and Glen Sutton wrote this song, released in March 1973 and climbed to number one in a short period time.

In the news in 1973, on June 22nd, Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space and the Mississippi River reaches its peak level in St. Louis during a record 77-day flood.


Kids say the darnest things, have you ever listened close to the fames they play or the little songs they sing.



Trisha Yearwood – “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” -- 1994

This song tells the story of a young woman who has dreams and ambitions, who signs her letters with XXX’s and OOO’s.  Written by Matraca Berg and Alice Randall and topped the chart at number one.

In the news in 1994, Tonya Harding wins the national figure skating championship title but is stripped of her title following an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.  In South Carolina, Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet to attend The Citadel, but soon drops out.

Phone rings, baby cries, TV diet guru lies good morning honey, go to work, make up try to keep the balance up between love and money.




Ronnie Milsap – “It Was Almost Like a Song” -- 1977

Hal David and Archie Jordan wrote this song.  Ronnie Milsap took the song to number one, his eighth number one country hit.  In the news in 1977, the first Apple One Personal Computer kit goes on sale for $666.66, the Trans Alaskan oil pipeline opens on May 31

In the news in 1977, the first Apple One Personal Computer kit goes on sale for $666.66. The Trans-Alaskan oil pipeline opens on May 31st.  And an earthquake in Bucharest  kills more than 1,500.


Once in every life, someone comes along and you came to me, it was almost like a song.


Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again” -- 1980


A song written and recorded by Willie Nelson from the film soundtrack, “Honeysuckle Rose.”  It became Nelson’s 9th number one country hit.

In the news in 1980, Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award. And Pope John Paul II visits Brazil, 7 people are crushed to death in a crowd trying to meet him.


On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again, the life I love is making music with my friends.



Razzy Bailey – “Midnight Hauler” -- 1981


Wood Newton and Tim Dubois wrote this number one country hit.  Stayed on the country chart for twelve weeks.

In the news in 1981, the United States enters a severe recession, exactly a year after a minor recession ended. The unemployment rate is 7.2% in June.  The original model 5150 IBM PC is released in the United States at a base price $1,565.


This eighteen-wheeler rolling heavy through the desert tonight, I’ve been driving all day but I won’t shit her down tonight.



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