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Here at KBEC, we love music. That should seem obvious, since we listen to it all day everyday at the station. But, what you may not know, is that we love learning about our favorite artists. We’ve assembled a massive amount of facts and quips over the years involving many of the artists that you hear on this station. Here, we’ve put them together for your enjoyment!

Scroll through and click on the pictures to show the fun facts, and check back often to see new facts!


No One Else on Earth

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A chronic bout of hepatitis C forced this duo lead singer Naomi Judd into retirement following a 1991 farewell tour. After the duo broke up, Wynonna signed to MCA Records in association with Curb Records as a solo artist. “No One Else on Earth,” was the number one country song of 1992 according to Billboard Year-End rankings.

The Chair

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The Chair by George Strait

ZZ Top

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They appeared in the 1990 movie ‘Back to the Future 3’ as a square dance band.

Some Girls Do

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This band originally chose the name Savanna. When another band with a similar name emerged, the group decided to change its own moniker. They met at their manager’s office in Nashville and began looking through area telephone books for inspiration. They blindly landed on the name of a nearby thoroughfare, Sawyer Brown Road, and derived the new band name “Sawyer Brown”.

Forgiving You was Easy

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This song was Willie Nelson’s 10th number 1 single as a solo artist. He also wrote the song and released on the album “Me and Paul”. The titular Paul refers to his long-term drummer, Paul English. His sister Bobbie Lee Nelson also played on the single and album.

Straight Tequila Tonight

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Raised in Apopka, Florida, John Anderson’s first musical influences were not country artists, but rock and roll musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. He played in a rock band until the age of 15, when he discovered the music of George Jones and Merle Haggard and turned to country music. Anderson moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1971, arriving unannounced at his sister’s home, and took on odd jobs during the day – including one as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House – while playing in clubs during the evenings. Here is his number one hit from 1992, “Straight Tequila Tonight.”

Forever and Ever, Amen

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This record was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, and recorded by Randy Travis. It was released in March 1987 as the first single from the album Always & Forever and became Travis’s third No. 1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 29, 2014, making it Travis’ first solo single to earn an RIAA certification. The song has also sold 966,000 digital copies since it became available for download.

Pick Up Man

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This song was co-written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and Howard Perdew, and recorded by Joe Diffie. It was released in October 1994 as the second single from the album “Third Rock from the Sun”. The song was his longest-lasting Number One hit, having spent four weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts between December 1994 and January 1995.

Highwayman

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When first asked to play on this single, Kris Kristofferson supposedly told his agent “Willie can keep the Royalties as long as he keeps me rollin’ in weed. Chip Morman produced the single as well as the 1985 album that clearly is the benchmark for the Outlaw country sound.

Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

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When Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe reviewed this song in 1984, he gave it a ‘B’, saying that it “has a great opening line” and a “more confident vocal and a Texas-centric focus certainly would’ve made it stand out.” We wonder if he still feels that way.

Blame It On Your Heart

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This song and its video describe an ex-boyfriend who has “a lying, cheating, cold dead-beating, two-timing, double-dealing, mean mistreating, loving” heart that he should blame for whatever backstabbing he gets from any other woman he does to what he did to its narrator. The song charted for 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart, reaching No. 1 during the week of June 19, 1993.

ZZ Top

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ZZ Top performed for President George W. Bush a few days before he was inaugurated in 2001.

Should’ve Been a Cowboy

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This song was formerly a staple following sporting events at Oklahoma State University (home of the Cowboys), often played over the venue’s PA system several times in succession as fans emptied the stadium or arena.

Life’s Highway

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Steve Wariner has won four Grammy Awards: one for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and three for Best Country Instrumental, the most recent in 2010 for “Producer’s Medley” from the album Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. Steve Wariner was one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. Here is his 1986 Classic Life’s Highway.

Chattahoochee

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Alan Jackson talks about this song in the liner notes for his 1995 The Greatest Hits Collection: “Jim McBride and I were trying to write an up-tempo song and Jim came in with the line ‘way down yonder on the Chattahoochee’. It kind of went from there. It’s a song about having fun, growing up and coming of age in a small town – which really applies to anyone across the country, not just by the Chattahoochee. We never thought it would be as big as it’s become.

Is There Life Out There

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This graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University has sold over 80 million albums worldwide. In the early 1990s, she branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and in her own television sitcom. Here is Reba McEntire.

Michael Martin Murphey

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In 1971, the Oak Cliff native returned to TX from the Mojave desert in CA and became part of the Outlaw country movement. His unique sound combined his country, rock, and folk influences. During this period, Murphey wrote “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, a song about Native American rights that became an unofficial anthem for the American Indian Movement.

Livin’ on Love

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In 1994 Alan Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, and switched to Gary Overton. His fourth album was titled Who I Am, and it contained four number one hits: a cover of the Eddie Cochran standard “Summertime Blues”, followed by “Gone Country”, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” and this KBEC Classic Hit “Livin’ on Love”.

Wink

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This song was released in April 1994 as the second single from the album “No Doubt About It”. Also the second consecutive Number One from that album, “Wink” spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. In 1996, the song received the Robert J. Burton award from Broadcast Music Incorporated for being the most-performed country song of the year. Here is another KBEC Classic #1 hit from Neal McCoy.

She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful

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This song was written by Paul Harrison and Bob McDill. It was released in February 1993 as the first single from the album, “Haunted Heart” and became Sammy Kershaw’s only Number One hit as it was number one in Canada and the United States. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It also peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, making it a minor crossover hit.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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SRV was tragically killed in a helicopter crash 36 days shy of his 36th birthday.

Charley Pride

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Pride is one of only three African Americans inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and he was the first African American to perform there.

Thank God For You

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This group’s members were originally part of country pop singer Don King’s road band. When King stopped touring in 1981, the group decided to stay together. The band played up to five sets a night, six days a week until they auditioned for the TV show Star Search in 1983. They auditioned just to get the videotape to promote the band, yet ended up winning the $100,000 grand prize and record contract. Here is the number #1 hit from 1993 for Sawyer Brown.

Tracy Lawrence

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Alibis is the second studio album by Atlanta Texas native Tracy Lawrence. Certified platinum in the United States, the album produced the singles “, “Alibis”, “My Second Home” and “If the Good Die Young”, all Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The album is certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of two million copies. KBEC classic #1 hit from this album is “Can’t Break It to My Heart”.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Stevie Ray first picked up a guitar at age 8, despite originally wanting to play the drums.

Mind Your Own Business

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This song has been re-recorded by as many as 10 different artists with varying musical backgrounds from rock, reggae, and even hip hop. In late 1986, Hank Williams, Jr. recorded the song along with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike, and Willie Nelson. This version was the most successful, going to #1 on the country chart for two weeks.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

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This song is a tribute to the Texas style honky tonk’s line dancing. Its success is cited as having started a renewed interest in line dancing throughout the United States.

Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room

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This song was co-written By Merle Haggard in 1984 and was his 32nd #1 hit!

Blue Clear Sky

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Blue Clear Sky by George Strait

Willie Nelson

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Willie Hugh Nelson was born April 30, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. Also born in Texas that same month were future TV stars Carol Burnett and Carolyn Jones (“The Addams Family”).

I Could Get Used to You

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March 15, 1986, this song hit #1 on the Country Top 100 charts, it was produced by Nashville legend Buddy Killen and was co-written by Sonny LeMurie. “I could get used to you” would become the seventh number one country hit for Exile.

Some Girls Do

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This country music band was founded in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, the same home as country singer John Anderson, the members of the band were Bobby Randall (guitar) and Jim Scholten (bass guitar), both from Midland, Michigan; Joe Smyth (drums), Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard (keyboards), and Mark Miller of Kokomo, Indiana (lead vocals).

(There’s A) Fire in the Night

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A video of this song depicts the band camping in a forest at night. It is not the original video, however. The original video, released in 1984, featured partial nudity and a “bizarre plot.” Alabama decided the video was not family-friendly and had RCA Records withdraw the original video from circulation.

Desperado Love

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Vince Gill sings the harmony vocals on this song and it represents the last #1 solo hit of this artist’s career. The artist would go on to have 5 number ones but they were all duets with Loretta Lynn.

Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On

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When asked why most of his songs are mostly positive, McDaniel told the Anchorage Daily News that “there’s enough things in the world to keep you bummed out” and that his fans don’t want to “hear me singing something that’s gonna bum ’em out some more.”

Tracy Lawrence

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This song was released in June 1993 as the second single from the album, “Alibis”. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked at number 2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The music video was directed by Marc Ball and premiered in June 1993.

Holdin’ Heaven

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Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1993, this Texas native broke through on the country music scene that year with his single “Holdin’ Heaven”, which reached Number One on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Here’s Vidor Texas own Tracy Byrd.

Willie Nelson

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In 1990, Willie Nelson’s assets were seized by the IRS, which claimed that he owed $32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the ’80s. In 1992, he released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?. The profits of the double album and the auction of assets cleared his debt.

I Cross My Heart

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This song was written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz. It was released in September 1992 as the first single to the album “Pure Country”, which is also the soundtrack to the movie of the same title. It reached number-one in both the United States and Canada. The song is featured as the movie’s finale. Here is George Strait’s “I cross my Heart”.

If the good die young

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This song was co-written by Craig Wiseman and Paul Nelson. It was released in January 1994 as the fourth and last single from the album “Alibis”. In April of that year, it became that album’s fourth consecutive Number One hit, reaching the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. Here is Tracy Lawrence.

Thank God For You

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Sawyer Brown has released twenty studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number One singles. Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and five Vocal Band of The Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Country Awards.

George Jones

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Jones was always very upfront about his struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, but perhaps one of the country icon’s most shocking moments was his arrest for driving a lawnmower for eight miles to a local liquor store.

Dallas

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This artist has charted over 65 songs and sold over 80 million records. He has 35 songs that have reached number 1 on the country charts. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Here is Alan Jackson’s number 1 hit form 1992, “Dallas.”

She Keeps the Home Fires Burning

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This song was written by Mike Reid, Don Pfrimmer and Dennis Morgan, and recorded on RCA by Robbinsville North Carolina native Ronnie Milsap. It was released in April 1985 as the first single from his “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.” album.

Dixie Chicks

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In 1990, the Dixie Chicks recorded their first studio album. Then Senator John Tower’s daughter, Penny Cook, wrote them a check for $10,000.

What Part of No

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This musician is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975. She charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, “Trainwreck of Emotion.” She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13.

Live until I die

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Larry Flick of Billboard wrote ” Clay Walker follows his No. 1 debut single, “What’s It To You,” with an uptempo testimony to the virtues of always staying the same. Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe listed “Live Until I Die” as the 127th best country single of the 1990s and wrote, “This is one of the few instances when the theme of celebrating a carefree life is set to a pretty melody and restrained production.

Don’t go to Strangers

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This song was released in January 1987 as the fourth single from the album “I Tell It Like It Used to Be”. “Don’t Go to Strangers” was T. Graham Brown’s second number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

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This song was first released by Asleep at the Wheel in on their 1990 album “Keepin’ me Up Nights.” This band used as the B side to the single “My Next Broken Heart’. It marked the fourth consecutive single released by the duo to go to number one on the US Billboard Hot Country singles and tracks chart. Here is Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot-Scootin’ Boogie”.

Why Don’t it Have to be

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Wheels are the second studio album by Restless Heart. It was released by RCA Nashville in October 1986. “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “New York (Hold Her Tight),” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and the title track were released as singles. The album reached #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. Here is our favorite off the album,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)”.

7 Spanish Bridges

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7 Spanish Bridges by Willie Nelson

Country Boy

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This song was released back in the day when videos were done to support record sales. The video includes cameos by Ed Koch, the then-incumbent mayor of New York as a cab driver, dancer Charlotte d’Amboise, actor/dancer Patrick Swayze, and actor David Keith. It lost out to Hank Williams Jr. “All my Rowdy friends are coming over tonight” in the first “music video of the Year” honors presented at the 19th Country Music Association Awards in October of 1985.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves was discovered professionally in 2008 while living in Austin by producer Monte Robison for his independent record label, Triple Pop. This came after appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition “Nashville Star” in 2007, where she placed seventh.

George Jones

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Jones began his career in 1954 when he signed to Starday records. His first ‘big hit’ was “Why, Baby, Why.”

That Summer

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Sandy Mahl the singer’s wife at the time, Pat Alger and the singer himself co-wrote this number one hit from 1993. It was the fourth single released from the album “The Chase” and debuted at #54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 8, 1993. It ended the year as the 24th most popular song.

Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts after meeting her on the set of The Player. After a 3-week romance, they eloped and married in June ’93 in Marion, IN. Why Marion? Well, it just so happens it was the ½ way point between 2 concert stops on his Summer tour. In March ’95, they divorced after less than two years of marriage, but the couple remains friends.

Wild One

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This song was originally titled “She’s a Wild One”, written by Pat Bunch, Jaime Kyle, and Will Rambeaux. It was first recorded in 1992 by country band Zaca Creek on their album, Broken Heartland, and country band Evangeline on their 1993 album, French Quarter Moon. In January of 1993 Faith Hill’s rendition reached #1.

George Jones

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Jones was married to country singer Tammy Wynette from 1969 – 1975. The songstress was 11 years younger than Jones and had been heavily influenced by his music growing up. The two first met from using the same booking agencies for tours, causing them to occasionally cross paths. The two often performed together and has numerous duets.

Pick Up Man

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Joe Diffie was born December 28, 1958, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After working as a demo singer in the 1980s, Diffie first worked in oil fields, then drove a truck that pumped cement in the oilfield in Alice, Texas, before he moved back to Duncan, Oklahoma to work in a foundry. He signed with Epic Records’ Nashville division in 1990. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at No. 1.

Willie Nelson

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Willie attended Abbott HS, where he was a halfback on the football team, a guard on the basketball team, a shortstop in baseball, and raised pigs with the FFA. While in school he sang and played guitar in The Texans, a band formed by his sister’s husband, Bud Fletcher. They played in honky-tonks and had a Sunday morning spot at KHBR in Hillsboro, TX.

Should’ve Been a Cowboy

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Toby Keith’s debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, went to number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1993 and reached number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song led off his self-titled debut album. By the end of the decade, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” received more than three million spins at radio, thus making it the most-played country song of the 1990s.

If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)

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“Under the Kudzu”, Shenandoah’s second RCA album was released in 1993. The album included the band’s fifth and final Billboard number-one hit, “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)”, which Marty Raybon and Mike McGuire wrote with veteran Nashville songwriter Bob McDill after seeing a television commercial for line dancing instruction.

Live until I die

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Clay Walker revealed in Country Weekly, “The song kind of wrote itself, there was no struggle at all. Melody and words all came to me at the same time, and I wrote it in one night. It was like I was on this road – and it was the right road the whole time.” Walker also said, “I never really had confidence in my voice at that time. My goal was to pitch it to Randy Travis or Clint Black, because I wanted to get a cut, thinking that would lead to a record deal of my own. Here is his #1 hit from 1994 and another KBEC Classic “live until I die”.

Easy Comes Easy Goes

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This artist was born in Poteet Texas in 1952. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look and is one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s. By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty’s previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty’s 40. Here is his 1993 hit “Easy Come, Easy Go”.

Holdin’ Heaven

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This artist graduated from Vidor High School in May 1985. His first college experience was at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He began studying business at Texas State University (then called Southwest Texas State). While studying he sang with a local band in Beaumont, TX called Rimfire led by Jeffrey Adams and Dave Adams, a band that also featured acts such as Mark Chesnutt.

The Big One

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This song is uptempo, in which a narrator is a man falling in love. He knows he’s in for the big one now because he is falling in love. It was written by Gerry House and Devon O’Day. It was released in October 1994 as the lead-off single from the album “Lead On.” It became the artists 26th number 1 hit in the United States.

Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Leigh Lambert was born November 10, 1983, to Rick and Bev (née Hughes) Lambert in Longview, Texas, and was raised in Lindale, Texas. She was named after her great-grandmother, Lucy Miranda. She has one younger brother, Luke Lambert. She has English, Irish and Native American ancestry.

That Summer

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On the 1996 television special, “The Garth Brooks Story”, Garth talks about writing this song:
“That Summer” started out as a single guy and a married woman meeting at a party. The married woman being ignored by whom she was with, and they snuck off together. Allen Reynolds told me, “Man, I just don’t find myself pulling for these characters. It doesn’t seem innocently cool.” I was thinking that he was right. Going home that night in the truck I started singing she has a need to feel the thunder. Sandy (Brooks wife at the time) started helping me write the chorus and we got the chorus done. Probably one of the neat things that I love about That Summer is that I think the song is very sexy.”

Why Not Me

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Cover versions of this song were done in In 2007 by Jill Johnson on the “Music Row” album. In 2015, Emily Ann Roberts, covered it on The Voice U.S. season 9, charting to Number 10 in the iTunes charts. We still like the original by the Judds released in 1984.

Chattahoochee

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Jim McBride co-wrote this song with Alan Jackson. It received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1993.

Pick Up Man

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This song, a moderate up-tempo, is about a man who reasons he can meet the woman of his dreams by driving a pickup truck. At one point, he is able to secure a ride for a high school homecoming queen. “Pickup man”, in this sense, has a double meaning — i.e., he is not only driving a pickup truck, but he is also “picking up” women in it. The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions. The majority of the music video for this song was filmed on location at a drive-in theater in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

LeAnn Rimes

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Award” for Best New Artist Of The Year, becoming the youngest person to ever be nominated and win a Country Music Association award.

Dreaming With My Eyes Open

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During an interview, Clay Walker stated, “On my very first CD there was a song called “Dreaming with My Eyes Open”–an up-tempo, fast-beat song. I almost considered not recording it. It didn’t strike me as a song I could sing great, but my producer talked me into it. It became one of the most played songs of that year, and today, every time I sing it, it gets more and more special to me. It says I’m going to do my dreaming with my eyes wide open. That’s what we all have to do with MS. Dreaming with eyes open is a vision. When you close ’em, it’s just a dream.”

Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On

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In 2011, Okmulgee, OK native Mel McDaniels passed away. McDaniel’s type of country music has been referred to as “the quintessential happy song” in comparison to other country artists who discuss broken hearts and lost loves.

Straight Tequila Night

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Straight Tequila Night by John Anderson

City of New Orleans

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City of New Orleans by Willie Nelson

Merle Haggard

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“Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room” was co-written Merle Haggard in 1984 and was his 32nd #1 hit!

Money in the Bank

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The 1993 album Solid Ground produced a Number One single, for John Anderson “Money in the Bank”, which turned out to be the most recent chart-topper of Anderson’s career. That same year Anderson was awarded the Academy of Country Music Career Achievement award.

Seven Spanish Bridges

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This song was written Troy Seals and Eddie Setser as a homage to the Tejano flavored classic hits of Texan Marty Robbins. After pitching the song to Willie Nelson, producer Billy Sherrill happened to hear the demo and asked if Ray Charles couldn’t sing it. Sherrill proposed that Nelson and Charles duet on the song after learning of Nelson’s having reserved it

NO Doubt About It

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Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly, in her review of No Doubt About It, called the song a “blander-than-generic ballad”. The music video was directed by Martin Kahan and premiered in early 1994. It features Neal McCoy and a woman building a house in the countryside. It is filmed entirely in black-and-white.

Miranda Lambert

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Miranda’s parents met while her mother was attending camp at SMU, and her father was an on-campus undercover officer. Rick, her father is a former Dallas police officer who played in a country-rock group called Contraband in the 1970s. They later became private detectives and worked on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Beaches of Cheyenne

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Beaches of Cheyenne by Garth Brooks

I Swear

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“I swear” is a ballad written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers that became a hit for two acts in 1993. Initially, it was a number-one single on the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for American country music artist John Michael Montgomery at the beginning of the year. His version crossed over to pop radio and climbed to number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100. A few months later, American pop group All-4-One covered the song and achieved great success in many countries.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Lee Musgraves was born August 21, 1988, in Golden, Texas to Craig and Karen (née Abrams) Musgraves. Craig is the owner of a small printing business, M-Prints Printing, Inc in Mineola, Texas, and Karen Musgraves is an artist. Kacey has stated that she was born six weeks prematurely and only weighed 5 pounds.

Is there Life out there

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“Is There Life Out There” is a mid-tempo song, telling of a female protagonist who married at age twenty. She finds herself wanting to make a better life for herself outside of her family, asking herself “is their life out there.” The song’s radio edit omits one repetition of the chorus at the end. The song’s music video was directed by Jack Cole and featured Huey Lewis as McEntire’s character’s husband. This video is noted for being one of the first in country music to include significant amounts of dialogue that portray the song’s storyline.

That Summer

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That Summer by Garth Brooks

Patsy Cline

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In 1962, Cline took on Las Vegas and became the first woman in country music to headline her own show.

Patsy Cline

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Among Cline’s personal items recovered from her fatal plane crash included the singer’s wristwatch, a Confederate flag cigarette lighter, a studded belt, and three pairs of gold lamé slippers.

Freddy Powers

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June 21, 2016, Seminole Texas Songwriter Freddy Powers dies of Parkinson’s disease. Among his compositions were the George Jones hit “I Always Get Lucky With You” and several Merle Haggard singles, including “Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room” and “Natural High”.

City of New Orleans

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Steve Goodman won a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985 for Willie Nelson’s version of this song, which was included on Nelson’s 1984 album “City of New Orleans”.

Michael Martin Murphey

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A multiple Grammy nominee, Michael Martin Murphey has six gold albums, including Cowboy Songs, the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs by Marty Robbins in 1959. Kenny Rogers recorded an entire album of Michael Murphey songs called The Ballad of Calico, about a Mojave Desert ghost town.

Don’t go to Strangers

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T Graham Brown first release for the Capitol Records label, “Drowning in Memories”, peaked at No.39 on the Billboard country charts. The title song of his debut album I Tell It Like It Used To Be went to No.7, followed by “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” to No.4, giving way to a pair of number ones, “Hell and High Water” and our favorite and featured song “Don’t Go To Strangers”.

No One Else on Earth

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Christina Claire Ciminella released this song in 1992 after disbanding from her duo. The song was the second in a row from her to reach number one as a solo act. Three of her albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA. Here is Wynonna Judd’s No one Else on Earth.

Larry Gatlin

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After high school graduation in 1966, Larry Gatlin was eligible to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. Instead, he chooses to attend the University of Houston. As a wide receiver on the football team, he caught a touchdown pass in a 1968 game in which his team, the Cougars, scored 100 points against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Highwayman

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A highwayman was a robber who stole from travelers. This type of thief usually traveled and robbed by horse as compared to a “footpad” who traveled and robbed on foot; mounted highwaymen were widely considered to be socially superior to footpads. Such robbers operated in Great Britain from the Elizabethan era until the early 19th century. In many other countries, they persisted for a few decades longer, until the mid or late 19th century.

Somewhere Other Than The Night

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According to the RIAA, this singer is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 148 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall. He is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records.

Don’t Let our Love Start Slippin’ Away

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This song was released in October 1992 as the second single from the artist’s CD “ I Still Believe in You.” It reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The song was written by Vince Gill and Pete Wasner.

She Keeps the Home Fires Burning

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This song hit #1 on June 29,1985, it was preceded by “Little Things” by the Oak Ridge Boys and succeeded by “She’s a miracle’ by Exile on the Country Music charts.

Like The Rain

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Like the Rain by Clint Black

Somewhere Other Than The Night

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This song was co-written by Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, returning Garth to the top ten after his previous single “We Shall Be Free” became his first release to stall outside it. It was released in October 1992 as the second single from his album “The Chase” and his fifteenth overall.

Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

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Whitey and Darlene Shafer wrote this #1 song. It was first recorded by Mo Bandy in 1977 and appeared on his album “I’m Sorry For You, My Friend”. It was released in September of 1984 by Strait and became another #1 hit.

I Cross My Heart

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I Cross My Heart by George Strait

My Love

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This band has its roots in Arlington Texas when two of its members started playing local clubs in 1983. When one of the members left to attend Belmont University in the other member followed. Other members careers started playing in a backup band to country singer Josh Logan. In hopes of forging a more country/Southern rock sound. All six members eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they started playing together. The band played at venues across the United States (around 300 dates a year), eventually catching the attention of Nashville’s division of Warner Bros. Records who they signed within 1989. Here is Little Texas

Freddy Powers

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In 1983, Freddy’s song “I Always Get Lucky With You” was a monster hit. He penned 1/2 the songs on Merle’s album It’s All in the Game, and scored some chart action writing for George Jones and Willie Nelson. With 5 solo albums under his belt, plus, his production and writing, his career is unparalleled in country music.

Blame It On Your Heart

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Patricia Lee Ramey was born January 4, 1957, in Pikeville, Kentucky She was the sixth of seven children. She performed onstage for the first time at a country jamboree in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1969. In early 1976, she married Terry Lovelace. After her marriage, she adopted the professional name, Patty Loveless, as not to draw any connection to adult film actress Linda Lovelace.

ZZ Top

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Frank Beard is the only member in the band that does not have a beard.

Thank God For You

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“I’ve got to thank mama for the cookin’ Daddy for the whoopin’ The Devil for the trouble that I get into I’ve got to give credit where credit is due I thank the bank for the money thank God for you”

She Got the Rhythm

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She’s Got the Rhythm by Alan Jackson

The Chair

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The lyrics in this song represent a conversation between a man and a woman at a bar, but only the man’s side of the conversation is revealed. At the beginning he says, “Well excuse me, but I think you’ve got my chair.” Over the course of the conversation, the talk grows more intimate, until the woman agrees to let the man drive her home. In the end, he says, “Oh I like you too, and to tell you the truth, that wasn’t my chair after all.”

Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Arnold Jennings was born on June 15, 1937, on the G.W. Bitner Farm, near Littlefield, TX. The name on his birth certificate was Wayland, meaning “land by the highway”. Lorene Jennings changed the spelling to Waylon after a preacher visited Jennings’s parents and congratulated them for naming him after Wayland Baptist University.

I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)

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This song is an up-tempo, in which the narrator discusses the rather fast pace of the current society. He states that he is always in a hurry, but has no explanation as to why he is rushing. The band that recorded it is country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. From 1992 here is Alabama’s “I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)”.

Forever and Ever, Amen

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In 1987, Marshville North Carolina native Randy Travis hit it big with “Forever and Ever, Amen” as it won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song and an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.

Chattahoochee

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Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave this song an A grade, saying that the song could have performed well because it “looked back on the innocence of adolescence with bemusement and fondness for that transitional period of life” Here is another KBEC classic from 1993, Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee”.

Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson & Family tours in the biodiesel bus Honeysuckle Rose. Florida Coach built the Honeysuckle Rose I in 1983, which was replaced after a collision in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1990. The interior was salvaged and reused for the second version of the bus. Nelson is currently touring on the Honeysuckle Rose V.

NO Doubt About It

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This song is a mid-tempo ballad in which the male narrator states that he and his lover were “meant to be together, no doubt about it.

She’s got the Rhythm(and I got the blues)

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This song received an award in 1993 from Music City News for being one of the most performed country songs of the year. The song is an R&B inspired tune that Alan Jackson and Randy Travis wrote while on tour together in 1991. They planned to pitch the song to B.B. King to record but Jackson decided to take it and record instead.

Charley Pride

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Charley Pride had a total of 10 siblings and was a son of sharecropper parents in Mississippi.

Should’ve Been a Cowboy

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The lyrics in this chart-topping song romanticize the cowboy lifestyle through references to old Westerns. The first verse references Gunsmoke, in which cowboy hero Marshall Dillon never settled down with love interest Miss Kitty. The second verse tells of his own adventures if the narrator was a cowboy: having “a sidekick with a funny name”, travelling west to California (including the historical quote “Go West, young man”), hunting down Western outlaw Jesse James, joining up with the Texas Rangers, and so on. The chorus refers to famous singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and lists common patterns depicted in Westerns such as six-shooters and cattle drive. Here is Toby Keith’s “Should’ve been a cowboy”

Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

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This song is about a guy back in Ft. Worth, Texas. He’s enjoying a few beers and thinking about his former woman who’s now with someone else in nearby Dallas. The guy wonders if she ever thinks of him and the good times they had together.

LeAnn Rimes

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Margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, MS and moved to Garland, TX at age 6. She is the only child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. She performed at local talent shows at 5 and began her career in musical theatre. She performed in a Dallas production of A Christmas Carol, and almost landed the lead in a Broadway production of Annie.

Kacey Musgraves

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Musgraves’ “Same Trailer Different Park” produced hit singles in “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow”. Rolling Stone magazine listed “Follow Your Arrow” at number 39 of their list of 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and said that Musgraves was “one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values.”

Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Pearce Lovett was born in Houston when his family lived in nearby Klein. He is the son of William Pearce and Bernell Louise (née Klein) Lovett, a marketing executive and training specialist. He attended Texas A&M and received BA degrees in German and Journalism in 1980. In the early 80s, he played solo acoustic sets at small bars off campus.

If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)

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On May 14th, 1994 this song replaced “A Good Run of Bad Luck” by Clint Black as the number one song on the Country charts. It would go on to rank as the #35 song in the year-end tabulations by Billboard magazine. Here is Muscle Sholas Alabama’s own supergroup Shenandoah.

Money in the Bank

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Money in the Bank by John Anderson

Chattahoochee

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Glen Campbell helped jumpstart his career at age 27. By 1989, he became the first singer signed to the newly formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.

When my Ship Comes In

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This singer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, the youngest of four children and lived in nearby Red Bank. His family moved back to Texas, where his father had been raised before he was one year old. He was raised in Katy, Texas. Music was always present in the house. He taught himself to play harmonica before he was 13, and at 14 wrote his first song. His father remarked that it was at that age that the parents “first noticed that he had a great voice”.

City of New Orleans

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The 29th studio album by Willie Nelson, released by Columbia Records, features several cover songs including “Please Come to Boston” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” but only one would top the charts.

Wink

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This is an up-tempo song in which the narrator states that, no matter how he is feeling on a particular day, he feels better once his lover winks at him. It was written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Shapiro.

Merle Haggard

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If you want to reignite the passion into your marriage, we’d recommend you pick up the 1984 Merle Haggard album “It’s All in the Game”. Listen closely to the track that recalls the shuffling rhythm of his 1981 hit “Big City”.

What Part of No

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In October 2008, this singer filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing up to $10 million in liabilities while listing her own assets as valued between $500,000 and $1 million. She is also known for her turbulent personal life, having been married six times. In a July 2004 appearance on Larry King Live, she told Larry King that “drama is something that lets you know you’re still alive.”

The Chair

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This song was created at the end of a night-long songwriting binge by country music songwriters, Hank Cochran, and Dean Dillon. The two had been writing songs all night long and as Dillon puts it, “were about written out” – when he strummed his guitar and sang the line “Excuse me but I think you’ve got my chair.” Twenty minutes later, “The Chair” was complete.

A Juke Box With a Country Song

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Between 1990 and 1995 this artist had 8 number songs on the Country charts. This song spent two weeks at number 1, thus becoming his only multi-week number 1 single in that span. He is known for his neotraditionalist country sound and his frequent recording of ballads.

Why Don’t it Have to be

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“Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” was written by Randy Sharp and Donny Lowery and recorded. It was released in April 1987 as the third single from the album, Wheels. The song was Restless Heart’s third number one song on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of 25 weeks on the charts. The B-side, “Hummingbird”, was later released by Ricky Skaggs in 1990 from his album Kentucky Thunder.

Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Jennings married 4 times and had 6 children. He married Jessi Colter in Phoenix, AZ, in 1969. They had 1 son, Waylon Albright Jennings (aka Shooter Jennings). In the ’80s, they nearly split due to his substance abuse but stayed together until his death in ’02. His grandson, Will Harness, better known as Struggle Jennings, is a hip hop artist.

My Love

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Brady Seal the lead singer on this song is the cousin of Jim Seals (of Seals & Crofts) and Dan Seals and Johnny Duncan, the nephew of Troy Seals, and the husband of former BNA Records recording artist Lisa Stewart. Here is another KBEC Classic from Little Texas- “My Love” their number 1 hit from 1994.

Merle Haggard

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Merle Haggard committed a number of minor offenses, such as thefts and writing bad checks. He was sent to a juvenile detention center for shoplifting in 1950. When he was 14, Haggard ran away to Texas with his friend Bob Teague. He rode freight trains and hitchhiked throughout the Lone Star State.

No One Else on Earth

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“No One Else on Earth” held the No. 1 position on Hot Country Songs for four weeks, making it one of four songs to hold that position for four or more weeks in 1992. The other songs to achieve this that year was “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn, “What She’s Doing Now” by Garth Brooks, and “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus.

LeAnn Rimes

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In 1997 at 14 years old LeAnn Rimes became the youngest person to win a Grammy, for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue”. She was also the first Country music artist to win the Best New Artist category. The same year she won the Country Music Association’s “Horizon.

Easy Comes Easy Goes

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This artist concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in June 2014 drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for the largest indoor concert in North America. In 1993 he released his 14th studio album which produced 4 Number one songs including a cover of George Jones’ 1965 hit “Lovebug”. Here is a KBEC Classic from George Strait and his title track “Easy Comes Easy Goes”.

Dallas

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According to the liner notes of his 1995 album The Greatest Hits Collection, Alan Jackson was inspired to write this song after having played at Billy Bob’s in Dallas, Texas. After playing the show, he commented that he “wished Dallas was in Tennessee” and based the song off that comment.

Wild One

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Wild One,” the tale of a rebellious teen-aged girl in conflict with her parents’ more conservative ways, was the lead-off single for Faith Hill and her debut album “Take me as I am”, the song would spend four weeks at No. 1 in January 1993.

Larry Gatlin

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Larry Gatlin was born on May 2, 1948, in Seminole, TX. His father worked in the oilfields, and they lived in several locations while he was young, including Abilene and Odessa. He was reared listening to country and Southern gospel music. His brothers, Steve and Rudy, and he have performed together since childhood and often sang in their local church.

Life’s Highway

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Noblesville Indiana is the home this 1986 chart-topping country artist. He holds several writing credits for other artists, including Number One hits for Clint Black and Garth Brooks, as well as singles for Bryan White and Keith Urban. Other artists with whom he has worked include Nicolette Larson, Glen Campbell, Mark O’Connor, Asleep at the Wheel and Brad Paisley. Here is his number 1 hit form 1986 – Life’s Highway by Steve Wariner

Forgiving You was Easy

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During the summer of 1985, this song and “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning” by Ronnie Milsap would battle it out week after week for the top spot on Billboards Hot Country Singles chart.

Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room

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“Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room” was on the country music charts for 12 weeks in 1984. It was written by Freddy Powers, Serrill Rodgers, and Merle Haggard.

Life’s Highway

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In 1984 Stever Wariner signed with MCA records. George Jones, Chet Atkins, and Glenn Cambell were influential in creating his musical style. He credits the success of “Life’s Highway” to going back to his country roots and exploring the passion each one of these great musicians had on his life.

The Chair

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This song was named by CMT as one of the top 100 country songs of all time, posting at number 24 on that list. Something that sets “The Chair” apart for most other songs of any style – it has no refrain or chorus. Only the basic melody repeats throughout the song.

Rodney Crowell

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Rodney Crowell was born on August 7, 1950, in Crosby, Texas, to James Walter Crowell and Addie Cauzette Willoughby. He came from a musical family, with one grandfather being a church choir leader and the other a bluegrass banjo player. His grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky-tonks.

Live until I die

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Clay Walker revealed in “American Cowboy” that his grandmother became the inspiration for this song. After building her a house to live in and after she moved in Walker became inspired to write the song. Walker also stated in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, “My grandpa, who was her husband, is really who started all this off. He used to be a singer, Ernest Elbert Walker, `the Blues Man.’ He played on a local radio station. He taught my dad and my uncle, and my dad and my uncle taught me”

Thank God For You

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This song was written by Mac McAnally and Mark Miller, in this song the narrator gives thanks for all the things that he has taken for granted in his lifespan.

Don’t Let our Love Start Slippin’ Away

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Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine, reviewed this song favorably in 1992 saying that ” (Vince) Gill offers his followers an infectiously catchy package.” She goes on to say that “instrumentation and production to the point of perfection.

Country Boy

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Ray Smith of the British Band “Heads, Hands and feet” along with Tony Colton and Albert Lee wrote this #1 hit for Ricky Skaggs. It was Rick’ys ninth number 1 hit and charted for 13 weeks.

Life’s Highway

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This song achieved chart success in both the United States and Canada. Written by Richard Leigh and Roger Murrah it was the fourth number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for Steve Wariner.

Miranda Lambert

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At 16 Miranda Lambert appeared on the Johnnie High Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, the same talent show that had helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes.

Dreaming With My Eyes Open

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Tara Seetharam of Country Universe listed “Dreaming with My Eyes Open” as the 392nd best country single of the 1990s and wrote, “His infectious pledge to live in the moment is as effective as country’s finest inspirational ballads because it’s firmly grounded in reality.”

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

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Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? by George Strait

My Maria

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My Maria by Brooks and Dunn

Desperado Love

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Desperado Love” was Conway Twitty’s 51st number 1 hit. He would have four more number 1 singles through 1990; even though 1986’s “Desperado Love” would be his last chart topper on Billboard.

Baby Bye Bye

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The song is about a man who breaks up with his highly desirable and beautiful, but an unfaithful girlfriend. It was released in the fall of 1984 but took a full year to become Gary Morris’s first number 1 hit.

Livin’ on Love

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Thom Jurek of Allmusic described this song favorably, calling it “a mid-tempo honky tonk with killer fiddle, telecasters chopping up the middle, and lyrics that make its sentimental subject matter palatable.” Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ grade, calling it “so catchy, so charming, and so full of little funny details.” He goes on to say that he forgives Jackson for “ripping off ‘Two Sparrows in a Hurricane’ so blatantly.

Crazy

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This song co-written and recorded by Houstonian Kenny Rogers went to #1 back in 1985 and also charted on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. Richard Marx co-wrote the track.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s first guitar was from his brother Jimmie – a hollow-body Gibson Messenger.

Patsy Cline

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Patsy Cline was insistent on receiving payment before performing a concert. “No dough, no show,” became her mantra.

Merle Haggard

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At 12, his brother, Lowell, gave him his used guitar. Merle Haggard learned to play alone with the records he had at home, influenced by Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, and Hank Williams.

I Could Get Used to You

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This song was one of 6 number one songs for this band in 1987. Written by Berea Kentucky native JP Pennington. He was the founding member of this pop, the rock turned country band. Pennigton along with Les Taylor sang lead vocals until his departure from the band in 1990. Here’s “I could get Used to You by Exile.

Baby Bye Bye

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Gary Morris is from North Richland Hills Texas. While in the third grade, Morris and his sister won a talent show after singing their rendition of the pop hit “This Old House”. After two top songs in 1984, he hit pay dirt with his first #1 song Baby Bye Bye in the fall of 1985.

Chattahoochee

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Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson

Easy Come Easy Go

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Easy Come Easy Go by George Strait

Seven Spanish Bridges

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Willie Nelson sings every other verse on this song and outro Chorus. In 1985 he included the song on his compilation album “Half Nelson” after it had already been released in 1984 on the album “Friendship” by Ray Charles. The duet would prove to be profitable for both artist’s album sales.

Some Girls Do

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The narrator in this song states that some girls don’t like boys like him, but “some girls do.”. The song begins with a potential object of his affection turning up her nose at his Cadillac as a way of rebuffing his attention. Another woman witnesses the exchange from her front porch as she’s painting her nails. She hints that it takes more than that to attract a woman, and they hook up with one another. Here is the #1 hit from 1992 for Sawyer Brown, “ Some girls do.”

Dreaming With My Eyes Open

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Clay Walker has released a total of 11 albums, including a greatest hits package and an album of Christmas music. His first four studio albums all achieved platinum certification in the United States and his greatest hits collection and a fifth studio album was each certified gold. He has charted 30 country singles, including six Number Ones.

Pieces of My Heart

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The first two albums, Take Me as I Am (1993) and It Matters to Me (1995), were major successes and placed a combined three number ones on Billboard’s country charts for this female country superstar. She then achieved mainstream and crossover success with her next two albums, Faith (1998) and Breathe (1999). Here is another KBEC Classic #1 hit from 1994 “pieces of my Heart from Faith Hill.

George Jones

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Former president George W. Bush fondly recalled at Jones’ funeral how he loved listening to White Lightning when he would work out at the White House gym.

The Chair

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Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave this song an A grade,” saying that “there isn’t a hat act out there who could measure up to George Strait’s delivery of this song.” He goes on to say that “the song remains fresh and interesting even after you know the twist at the end” and that is the “hallmark of a great storyteller.

I Cross My Heart

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“I Cross My Heart” debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 3, 1992, and peaked at number one on December 5, 1992. Since it became available for digital download, the song has sold 992,000 digital copies in the United States.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is buried at the Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

A Juke Box With a Country Song

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This artist chose to record under the name Doug Stone, so as to avoid confusion with Garth Brooks, that’s what you have to do when your real name is Doug Brooks. Born in Marietta Georgia Stone had this number 1 hit in 1992. The song was written by Gene Nelson and Ronnie Samoset.

Money in the Bank

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This musician played in a rock band until the age of 15, when he discovered the music of George Jones and Merle Haggard and turned to country music. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1971. His recordings with legendary country producer James Stroud are considered to be the driving force behind his resurgence in the 1990s. Here is another KBEC Classic from John Anderson.

Chattahoochee

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This artist’s mother died in the home he was raised in, she lived in Newnan Georgia and refused to move even after he offered to buy her several new “digs”. He sang in the local church as a child. His first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983.

Sticks and Stones

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This song was the title track for the first album ever released by Atlanta Texas native Tracy Lawrence. It went to #1 on the Country charts in January of 1992 and also charted on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. Give credit to songwriters Elbert West and Roger Dillion for “Sticks and Stones”.

If The Good Die Young

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This song’s music video was filmed at Charlotte Motor Speedway and features footage of NASCAR drivers, including dedication to both Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison who had been killed in off-track incidents in 1993. Tracy Lawrence drove a Chevrolet Lumina with his name on it in the video.

She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful

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This musician was Lorrie Morgan’s fifth husband, they were married on September 29, 2001. Morgan filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences on October 23, 2007. He was born in Kaplan Louisiana. When he was 14 he met George Jones, his lifelong idol. Subsequently, he opened shows for Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and George Jones while still barely into his teens. Here is a KBEC Classic by Sammy Kershaw “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”.

On the Other Hand

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This country music song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz was first recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami.

I Swear

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John Michael Montgomery’s second album was 1994’s Kickin’ It Up. This album was led off by the No. 1 country and No. 42 pop hit “I Swear”, which was also the top country song of 1994 according to Billboard Year-End.

Rose in Paradise

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Written by Stewart Harris and Jim McBride, and recorded by Waylon Jennings, this song was released in January 1987 as the first single from the album Hangin’ Tough. “Rose in Paradise” was Waylon Jennings’ twelfth number one country single.

Seven Spanish Bridges

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This song is about an outlaw and his lover who are trying to outrun a posse sent to return them to Texas. When they are cornered, they decide to fight the approaching lawmen. Before the final gunfight, the two embrace, speaking of their belief that God will spare them. In 1984 it became a #1 hit for Ray Charles form his “Friendship’” album.

NO Doubt About It

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After winning a 1981 talent contest hosted by Janie Fricke, he secured a spot as an opening act for Charley Pride. On his first album release, he was listed as Neal McCoy, a phonetic spelling of his surname.

Don’t Let our Love Start Slippin’ Away

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This musician was the front man to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and started his solo career beginning in 1983. He was born in Norman Oklahoma and In 2017, he and Deacon Frey were hired by the Eagles to fill-in for the late Glenn Frey.

Pieces of My Heart

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This romantic funk/soul love song written by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Berns, originally recorded by Erma Franklin, Aretha Franklin’s older sister in 1967. The song has since been remade by several singers, including Dusty Springfield on her 1968 album Dusty… Definitely, Bryan Ferry on his solo debut album These Foolish Things in 1973 and Melissa Etheridge in 2005. Here is Faith Hill’s version from 1994.

What Part of No

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In 1991 this singer married her third husband, Brad Thompson, Clint Black’s bus driver. On 9 October 1992, she released the album “Watch Me”. It peaked at #15 on the Billboard country albums chart it contained this number-one single and KBEC favorite, “What Part of No.”

City of New Orleans

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Steve Goodman wrote this folk song in 1981. He got the idea while visiting his wife’s family and traveling on the Illinois Central train line. It was covered by Willie Nelson in 1984.

Somewhere Other Than The Night

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This song debuted at number 69 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated October 17, 1992. It charted for 20 weeks and reached number one on the chart dated January 16, 1993, where it remained for one week, giving Garth Brooks his tenth Billboard Number One on that chart. Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine, reviewed the song favorably, calling it “a ballad to behold.” She goes on to say that Brooks “powerfully and dramatically delivers a glimpse into one relationship and sets it out as an example.

Seven Spanish Bridges

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Stoney LaRue covered this song as a duet with Cody Canada on his 2015 album “Us Time”. It was one of 8 hits for Ray Charles on the Country charts and by far his most successful. It spent one week at #1 and 12 weeks total on the US Country Charts.

Neon Moon

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Ronnie Dunn wrote this song. It was released in February 1992 as the third single from the debut album for Brooks and Dunn labeled “Brand New Man”. The song became their third consecutive Number One single on the country charts It was also their first single not to have an accompanying music video.

She’s got the Rhythm(and I got the blues)

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This artist moved to Nashville from Newman Georgia when he was 27 years old. His early influences in country music were Gene Watson, John Anderson, and Hank Williams Jr. This song was co-written by his good friend Randy Travis. Off of his third album “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love)” here is Alan Jackson’s “She’s got the Rhythm ( and I got the blues).”

Rodney Crowell

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At age 11, Rodney started playing drums in his father’s band. In his teen years, he played in various garage rock bands in Houston, performing hits of the day mixed with a few country numbers. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Crowell played guitar and sang for 3 years in Emmylou Harris’ “Hot Band”.

Highwayman

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Musician Jimmy Webb penned and recorded a song entitled “Highwayman” in 1977 about a soul with incarnations in four different places in time and history, a highwayman, a sailor, a construction worker on the Hoover Dam, and finally as a starship captain. Glen Campbell recorded a version of the song in 1978, but the most popular incarnation of the song was recorded by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash in 1984, who as a group called themselves The Highwaymen.

Don’t go to Strangers

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Born in Arabia Georgia, this singer arrived in Nashville in 1982 and would start his career out singing advertising jingles for multiple companies. He also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984.

(There’s A) Fire in the Night

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When released to radio stations as a single, this song was edited slightly to introduce an “early fade” so that DJs had an easier time talking it up. It was the 15th consecutive #1 hit for Alabama in 1984.

I Could Get Used to You

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This song spent 14 weeks on the country chart in 1986 and reached #1 on March 15th at nudging out “Think about Love” from Dolly Parton. The song was release back in November of 1985 and can be found on the album “Hang on to your Heart” Here is Exiles “I could get used to you”