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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!


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.

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.

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.”

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).”

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.”

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.”

7 Spanish Bridges

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7 Spanish Bridges by Willie Nelson

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.

Michael Martin Murphey

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Michael Martin Murphey was born on March 14, 1945, to Pink Lavery Murphey and Lois (née Corbett) Murphey, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas. In Junior High, he performed as an amateur. At 17, he took his first “pro” music job, playing western songs around a campfire at a Texas ranch. By the early ’60s, he was playing clubs in Dallas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

ZZ Top

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They are the longest running American rock band without any member changes.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Is There Life Out There

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This song was written by Susan Longacre and Rick Giles, and recorded by Reba McEntire. It was released on January 28, 1992, as the second single from her album “For My Broken Heart.” The song reached Number One on the American country singles charts in March of that year and peaked at the same position on the Canadian country singles charts in April.

Chattahoochee

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The song is uptempo and talks about growing up and falling in love along the Chattahoochee River that forms part of the border between Georgia and Alabama.

On the Other Hand

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This song was released by Randy Travis as the lead-off single to his album Storms of Life, and it peaked at #67 in the United States. However, it was re-released in April 1986 after the song “1982” peaked, and the re-release was his first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada. Ironically this was the third release of the song as it first appeared on a Keith Whitley album in 1985

The Big One

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“Lead On” is the fifteenth studio album released by George Strait. Released in 1994 on MCA Records, the album was certified platinum in the U.S. for sales of one million copies. It includes two singles that would reach #1 on the charts that year “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody” and this KBEC Classic Hit “The Big One”.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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”).

Pieces of My Heart

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Country artist Faith Hill included this song on her debut album, Take Me as I Am (1993). Recorded originally by Erma Fitzgerald as a blues song. Hill’s version took on a more passive tone coupled with traditional country instrumentation. Prior to recording the track, Hill had never heard Janis Joplin’s rendition. Hill’s producers refused to allow her to listen to the Joplin version until she had completed her own recording. Hill re-recorded the track for the soundtrack to the TV series King of the Hill, released in 1998

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

Like The Rain

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Like the Rain by Clint Black

My Love

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This song was co-written by the band’s keyboardist Brady Seals (who also sang lead vocals on it) and lead guitarist Porter Howell along with Tommy Barnes. It was released in January 1994 as the third single from the album, “Big Time”. The song reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts, becoming the band’s only Number One country hit. The song features lead vocals from Brady Seals, then the band’s keyboardist.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Sticks and Stones

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This moderate up-tempo song first appeared on the Country charts in November of 1991. It contains an electric guitar with some fancy fiddle backing. The male narrator tells his lover she can take all the possessions she wants even after she has broken up with him.

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.

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 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)”.

A Juke Box With a Country Song

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Epic records released this song in November of 1991 as the second single from the album “I thought it was you”. The song is about a man who after having an argument with his wife goes to a local honky-tonk only to find out it has turned into a preppy bar. Douglas Jackson Brooks recorded the song but you know him by his stage name Doug Stone.

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.”

Merle Haggard

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Merle Haggard said he was driven by a desire to have total knowledge of playing the guitar. He is described in the Guinness Book of World Records and many encyclopedias as a country singer, balladeer, and “the poet of the common man.” But, he hoped to be remembered as “the greatest jazz guitar player in the world that loved to play country”.

Charley Pride

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Pride’s love for music has influenced his children. Kraig (son), who goes by Carlton, leads a band called Carlton Pride and Zion, while Dion (son) has played guitar for his father’s band.

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”

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.

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”.

Blame It On Your Heart

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Kostas Lazarides and Hank Harlan wrote this song. It was released in April 1993 as the first single from the album “Only What I Feel.” A cover version by Deborah Allen was featured prominently in the 1993 film The Thing Called Love. Here is a KBEC Classic from Patty Loveless.

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.

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.

Straight Tequila Night

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Straight Tequila Night by 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.

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.

Straight Tequila Tonight

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This song is a mid-tempo number in which a narrator is a person counseling a man in a tavern, who is regarding a frequent female patron. The narrator advises the man not to speak with her when she is consuming straight tequila because it will make her think of her former significant other with whom she had recently ended a relationship, adding that she is otherwise friendly especially when consuming any other alcoholic beverage.

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.

Forever and Ever, Amen

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Active since 1978, Randy Travis has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including sixteen that reached the No. 1 position. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement. We like his 1987 album “always and Forever and this classic “Forever and Ever Amen

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.

Patsy Cline

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At the age of 13, Cline was hospitalized with rheumatic fever and throat infection. It was this illness that Cline credits her signature booming voice for, saying that when she recovered her singing was forever changed.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sticks and Stones

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According to Allmusic, this song’s success was due in part to the publicity that Tracy Lawrence received after being shot in the knee and pelvis while trying to protect his girlfriend. It was his first #1 hit. Enjoy “Sticks and Stones”.

ZZ Top

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Their 1976 worldwide Texas tour featured a stage shaped like Texas as well as a steer, snakes, and cacti.

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.

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.

Chattahoochee

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Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson

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.

Charley Pride

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Before he became a successful recording artist, he was a minor league baseball player. In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Sox in the Negro American League. In 1953, he signed with the Boise Yankees (the Class C team for the New York Yankees). He continued to play even after two years in the military and tried out for the Angels and the Mets.

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.

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”.

City of New Orleans

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City of New Orleans by Willie Nelson

Is There Life Out there

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The song debuted at #64 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks and peaked at #1 for the week of March 28, 1992, and it stayed at #1 for two consecutive weeks.

Patsy Cline

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

I Cross My Heart

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I Cross My Heart by George Strait

Why Not Me

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In September of 1984, this song appeared on the Hot Country charts for the first time. It would spend 15 weeks there. It was written by Harlan Howard, Sonny Throckmorton, and Brent Maher.

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.

Clint Black

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Clint Patrick Black was born in Long Branch, NJ, the youngest of four children born to G.A. and Ann Black and lived in nearby Red Bank. The family moved to Texas, where G.A. Black was raised, before Clint was one year old. He was raised in Katy, TX. Black taught himself to play harmonica before he was 13, and at 14 wrote his first song.

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.

Holdin’ Heaven

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Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine, reviewed this song by calling it “a brassy, hard-driving rhythm and a tale of monumentally lucking out. It was the first #1 hit for Tracy Byrd in 1993.

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.

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.

Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

Fun Fact

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.

Freddy Powers

Fun Fact

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.

NO doubt about it

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Hubert Neal McGaughey Jr. was born on July 30, 1958, in Jacksonville, Texas, to a Filipina American mother and Irish-American father. Inspired by the variety of music that his parents listened to, which included country, rock, disco, and R&B, McGaughey first sang in his church choir before founding an R&B band. He later switched his focus to country music, performing in various bars and clubs in Texas. McGaughey, after attending junior college near his hometown, found work selling shoes at a shopping mall. In the early 1980s, he met his wife, Melinda, at the store.

The Chair

Fun Fact

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.”

No One Else on Earth

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This song was written by Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris, and Sam. It was released in August 1992 as the third single from Wynonna’s self-titled debut album. Lisa Smith and Cyndi Hoelzle of Gavin Report wrote that “This song is unstoppable, with an irresistibly funky groove.”

If the good die young

Fun Fact

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.

Should’ve Been a Cowboy

Fun Fact

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 Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

Fun Fact

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? by George Strait

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

Fun Fact

Leeann Ward of Country Universe gave this song an A grade,” saying that it “showcases production that still sounds vibrant almost twenty years later” and the song has “steel guitar and honky tonk piano aplenty.” She goes on to say that the song’s “concept is accentuated by its clever title and Alan Jackson’s amusingly mournful delivery, including a pitiful ‘yee-haw’ that ends up sounding more funny than sad, which ultimately describes the song as a whole, despite the theme of lost love.”

Michael Martin Murphey

Fun Fact

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.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Fun Fact

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

Some Girls Do

Fun Fact

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).

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.

ZZ Top

Fun Fact

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

Rodney Crowell

Fun Fact

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.

Wild One

Fun Fact

“Take Me as I Am” is the debut studio album by Faith Hill, released in 1993 by Warner Bros. Records. It has been certified 3× platinum in the United States for sales of three million copies and has sold 4.3 million copies worldwide. Four singles were released from the album. “Piece of My Heart” — reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994 as did this KBEC Classic Hit “Wild Ones”.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Fun Fact

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

Waylon Jennings

Fun Fact

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.

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.

Kacey Musgraves

Fun Fact

Kacey Musgraves is known for her progressive lyrics in the conservative country music genre. Common controversial topics in her music are homosexuality acceptance, safe sexual intercourse, recreational marijuana use, and questioning religious sentiment.

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.

I Could Get Used to You

Fun Fact

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.

Should’ve Been a Cowboy

Fun Fact

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.

Easy Comes Easy Goes

Fun Fact

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”.

Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On

Fun Fact

Conway Twitty received this song written by Bob McDill but decided John Anderson’s vocals were better suited for it, so he sent it to him. Not knowing who had sent him the song, Anderson turned it down. Mel McDaniel eventually received the song, and he recorded it. Good thing for Mel because in February 1985 it became his only #1 song.

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.

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.

LeAnn Rimes

Fun Fact

LeAnn Rimes was discovered by Dallas DJ/record promoter Bill Mack. He was impressed by her vocal ability. Mack’s plan to bring her success was his composition, “Blue”, which he claimed he intended to be recorded by Patsy Cline, but she had been killed in a plane crash . In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her independent album, “All That.”

Born to Boogie

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Born to Boogie won the Country Music Association Album of the Year award in 1988. The single from that album was written and recorded by Hank Williams Jr. It was produced by Barry Beckett, Hank Williams Jr., and Jim Ed Norman.

I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)

Fun Fact

When this band first formed it performed under the stage name “Wild country”. The bands biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 number one hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards.

If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)

Fun Fact

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.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Fun Fact

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

Mind Your Own Business

Fun Fact

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.

Holdin’ Heaven

Fun Fact

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.

A Juke Box With a Country Song

Fun Fact

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.

Beaches of Cheyenne

Fun Fact

Beaches of Cheyenne by Garth Brooks

Ronnie Dunn

Fun Fact

Ronnie Gene Dunn was born June 1, 1953, in Coleman, Texas. He played bass guitar in local bands during high school and he briefly studied theology at Hardin-Simmons University with the intention of becoming a Baptist preacher Dunn was “kicked out” of the school because he played in bars.

That Summer

Fun Fact

That Summer by Garth Brooks

Highwayman

Fun Fact

When first released in 1985 this song and album by the same name had no credits to a band, it only credited the four individual artists who performed on it. It wasn’t until commercial success and the album reaching number #1 that the label Columbia – Liberty named the band the “Highwayman”.

Dallas

Fun Fact

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.

Rose in Paradise

Fun Fact

This single went to number one for one week and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country charts after its release in January of 1987. Recording country artist Chris Young has a remake of the song as a duet with Willie Nelson from the album “The Man I Want to Be”.

When my Ship Comes In

Fun Fact

In March 1992, Clint Black sued his manager, Waxahachie native Bill Ham, for breach of contract; Black sought $2 million in damages and requested that Ham return $4 million in royalties. Ham promptly countersued, blaming the initial lawsuit on poor advice Black received from his new personal assistant, his mother-in-law Jonni Hartman. His lawyer told the press that “Mr. Ham invested $1 million of his own money in Clint Black’s career at a time when nobody else would do so. For that commitment, Mr. Black should show a little gratitude and honor his contracts”

What Part of No

Fun Fact

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.”

Miranda Lambert

Fun Fact

While still in high school Miranda Lambert made her professional singing debut with “The Texas Pride Band”. She also fronted the house band at the Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas, a long-running venue that had presented legends such as Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, and the place where Brooks & Dunn started out as the house band.

If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)

Fun Fact

Lead guitarist Jim Seales and drummer Mike McGuire formed this band in 1984 as a house band in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with bass guitarist Ralph Ezell and keyboardist Stan Thorn, as well as lead singer Marty Raybon. Before that, Seales, Thorn, McGuire, and Ezell were session musicians. McGuire invited songwriting friend Robert Byrne to one of the session band’s shows. Byrne then invited them into his recording studio to record a demo, which he then pitched to Columbia Records’ CBS Records division. The band first wanted to assume the name The MGM Band, a name which was rejected for legal reasons. CBS suggested Rhythm Rangers and Shenandoah as possible names, and Raybon chose the latter because he thought that the name Rhythm Rangers “sounded like an amateur band.

She Keeps the Home Fires Burning

Fun Fact

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.

Livin’ on Love

Fun Fact

This song describes a couple who are “livin’ on love”. In the first verse, they are “two young people without a thing”, while throughout the song they age, still in love with each other. In late 1994, it became Alan Jackson’s ninth Number One hit on the Billboard country charts. It also reached number one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.

ZZ Top

Fun Fact

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

Charley Pride

Fun Fact

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

Dixie Chicks

Fun Fact

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.

Dallas

Fun Fact

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.”

Pick Up Man

Fun Fact

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.

Can’t Break It To My Heart

Fun Fact

Born in Atlanta Texas this singer started at a country music restaurant called “Live At Libby’s” where owner Libby Knight would help local talent find their way into country music. He signed to Atlantic Records in 1991 and debuted that year with the album “Sticks and Stones”, which produced his first chart single and first Number One hit in its title track. We are featuring his 1993 KBEC Classic “Can’t Break it to my heart” by Tracy Lawerence”.

Willie Nelson

Fun Fact

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.

Don’t go to Strangers

Fun Fact

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”.

If The Good Die Young

Fun Fact

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.

Somewhere Other Than The Night

Fun Fact

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.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Fun Fact

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”.

That Summer

Fun Fact

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.

Rose in Paradise

Fun Fact

This song is about a beautiful young woman named Rose, who is courted by and eventually marries a rich banker. After promising her a carefree life of luxury, the banker reveals himself to be a possessive, jealous man and keeps her locked away at their home, said to be a large, lavishly-styled mansion with a large estate. It went to 31 in 1986 for Waylon Jennings, here is Roses in Paradise.

Dreaming With My Eyes Open

Fun Fact

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.”

Is there Life out there

Fun Fact

“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.

Country Boy

Fun Fact

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.

Somewhere Other Than The Night

Fun Fact

Somewhere Other Than The Night by Garth Brooks

ZZ Top

Fun Fact

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

Straight Tequila Tonight

Fun Fact

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.”

Straight Tequila Tonight

Fun Fact

This is a song written by Debbie Hupp and Kent Robbins and recorded by Apopka, Florida native John Anderson. It was released in December 1991 as the second single from Anderson’s album “Seminole Wind”. It reached number-one on the country charts in the United States and Canada. It was Anderson’s first number one song since 1983 and considered his comeback single.

Some Girls Do

Fun Fact

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”.

Life’s Highway

Fun Fact

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.

A Juke Box With a Country Song

Fun Fact

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.

Tracy Lawrence

Fun Fact

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”.

My Maria

Fun Fact

My Maria by Brooks and Dunn

Rodney Crowell

Fun Fact

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”.

Lyle Lovett

Fun Fact

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.

Larry Gatlin

Fun Fact

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.

Freddy Powers

Fun Fact

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”.

George Jones

Fun Fact

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

Money in the Bank

Fun Fact

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.

Crazy

Fun Fact

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.

Born to Boogie

Fun Fact

Released in June 1987 as the title track and lead single from his album of the same name this song was a number-one hit in both the United States and Canada. Here is Hank Williams Jr. and “Born to Boogie”.

City of New Orleans

Fun Fact

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”.

Kacey Musgraves

Fun Fact

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.

Blame It On Your Heart

Fun Fact

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.

Merle Haggard

Fun Fact

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.

Be My Baby Tonight

Fun Fact

This artist has released 10 studio albums. His first seven albums were released via Atlantic Records Nashville, and his next two via parent company Warner Bros. Records Nashville after Atlantic closed its country division in 2001. His first three albums are all certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); his one album certified platinum and one certified gold. Born in Danville, Kentucky here is John Michael Montgomery.

What Part of No

Fun Fact

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.

The Chair

Fun Fact

The Chair by George Strait

Wild One

Fun Fact

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.

Money in the Bank

Fun Fact

This artist has lived in Smithville, Tennessee, for more than 30 years. The featured KBEC Classic was written by Bob DiPiero, John Jarrard and Mark D. Sanders. It was released April 1993 and peaked at number one on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and number 2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It is John Anderson’s last number one hit to date (in America).

Don’t Let our Love Start Slippin’ Away

Fun Fact

The music video for this song, which was directed by John Lloyd Miller and premiered in late 1992, depicts Vince Gill performing the song at a club where he is backed by several notable singers and musicians. They include Little Jimmy Dickens, Bruce Hornsby, Patty Loveless, Delbert McClinton, Michael McDonald, Reba McEntire, Lee Roy Parnell, Carl Perkins, Leon Russell, Leland Sklar, Pam Tillis, Kevin Welch, Kelly Willis, and Kentucky Headhunters drummer Fred Young. Reba McEntire was also seen as a waitress in the video.

The Big One

Fun Fact

George Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million. His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

Easy Come Easy Go

Fun Fact

Easy Come Easy Go by George Strait

Forever and Ever, Amen

Fun Fact

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.

I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)

Fun Fact

This band has over 30 number one country records on the Billboard charts to their credit and have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the most successful bands in country music history. AllMusic credited the band with popularizing the idea of a country band and wrote that “It’s unlikely that any other country group will be able to surpass the success of Alabama.”

Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On

Fun Fact

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.”

NO Doubt About It

Fun Fact

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.

LeAnn Rimes

Fun Fact

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.