Good morning on this Memorial Day weekend and welcome to the 98.1 Country Classic Show.  You can join me from 9 am to 1 pm for the best in country classic music at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download the 98.1 mobile app.

Today we’re featuring Reba McEntire, George Strait, Charlie Rich, The Bellamy Brothers and Alison Krauss and Union Station.



Reba McEntire – “How Blue” -- 1984


Written by John Moffat, released in September of 1984.  This song became Reba McEntire’s third number one hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1984, by the end of the year more than 70 US banks fail, the Winter Olympic Games are held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and Sony and Philips introduce the first commercial CD players.


How blue, how blue can you make me, how long till I heal, how can I go on loving you when you’re gone.




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


This song was released in September 1992 and reached number one on the country chart.  The song was written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz.

In the news in 1992, on CNN’s Larry King on March 18th Texas Billionaire Ross Perot announces that he will run for President as an independent.  In Miami, Florida former Panamanian Leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.


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




Charlie Rich – “The Most Beautiful Girl” -- 1973


This country ballad topped the country chart at number one, written by Bill Sherrill, Norris Wilson and Rory Bourke.

In the news in 1973, the World Trade Center in New York becomes the tallest building in the world and CBS sells the New York Yankees for $10 million to a 12-person syndicate led by George Steinbrenner.  $3.2 million more than CBS bought the Yankees for.


Hey did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world?  And if you did was she crying?





The Bellamy Brothers – “Old Hippie” -- 1985


Written by David Bellamy and recorded by the country music duo.  The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1985, Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.  On July 19th Vice President George H.W. Bush announces that New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe will become the first school teacher to ride aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.


He turned thirty-five last Sunday in his hair he found some gray, but he still ain’t changed his lifestyle.




Alison Krauss and Union Station  -- “When You Say Nothing at All” -- 1995


Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz wrote this song. Alison Krauss and Union Station recorded the song reaching number three on the country chart.

In the news in 1995, Russia is hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killing at least 2000 people and on March 1st Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California.


It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart, without saying a word you can light up the dark.



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