It’s near the end of July already, welcome to the 98 Country Classic Show.

Today we’re featuring Johnny Lee, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall and Reba McEntire.



Johnny Lee – “Country Party” -- 1977


This song is written by the late Ricky Nelson with a slight rewrite of Nelson’s song “Garden Party.”  The song reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart.

In the news in 1977, a gallon of gas costs 65 cents and the average rent is $240 per month.  Seattle Slew becomes only the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.


I went to a country party, reminisce with my old friends, chance to share some memories and play my songs again.




Roger Miller – “England Swings” -- 1965


"England Swings" is a song written and performed by Roger Miller. The single was Miller’s eleventh hit on Billboard’s Country Chart.  It peaked at number three.

In the news in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a civil rights march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The Voting Rights Act guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote becomes law and a gallon of gas in the US costs 31 cents a gallon.


England swings like a pendulum do, Bobbies on bicycles, two by two Westminster Abbey the towner of Big Ben.




Merle Haggard – “Cherokee Maiden” -- 1976


A number one hit for Merle Haggard, Cherokee Maiden was written by Cindy Walker.

In the news in 1976, Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and in New York City. The “Son of Sam” pulls a gun on July 29th and begins a series of attacks that terrorize the city for the next year.


One night when the moon was bright o’er a moonlight glade that is where I found my little Cherokee Maid.



Tom T. Hall – “Ravishing Ruby” -- 1973


The great story teller Tom T. Hall wrote and recorded this top ten hit scoring a number three on the Billboard’s Country chart.

In the news in 1973, in the Vietnam war: the first American prisoners of war are released from Vietnam, on February 27th the American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.


Ravishing ruby, she’d been around for awhile, ravishing ruby she was a truck stop child, born in the back of a rig somewhere near L.A.




Reba McEntire – “The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia” -- 1992

A southern gothic song written in 1972 by songwriter Bobby Russell and first recorded by Vicki Lawrence.  It became a hit in 1992 when McEntire covered the song reaching number twelve on the Hot Country Chart.

In the news in 1992, the first nicotine patch is introduced to help stop smoking and DNA fingerprinting is invented.

He was on his way home from Candle top, been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop at Web’s and have a drink, ‘fore he went home to her.


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