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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!


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”).

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.

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.

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, 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.

Willie Nelson

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Willie’s touring and recording group, the Family, is full of longstanding members. The original lineup included his sister Bobbie, drummer Paul English, harmonicist Mickey Raphael, bassist Bee Spears, Billy English (Paul’s younger brother), and Jody Payne. The current lineup includes all the members but Jody, who retired, and Bee, who died in 2011

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

Miranda Lambert

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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.

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’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.

Lee Ann Womack

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Lee Ann Womack was born and raised in Jacksonville, Texas. At an early age, she was interested in country music. Her father, a disc jockey, often took his daughter to work with him to help choose records to play on the air. Womack was the second of two daughters. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father was also a high school principal.

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.

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

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.

LeAnn Rimes

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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.”

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.

Ronnie Dunn

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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.

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.

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 remain friends.

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.

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.

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 choose 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.

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.

Dixie Chicks

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The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. The four took their band name from the song and album “ Dixie Chicken” by Lowell George of Little Feat.

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”.

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”.

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.

Michael Martin Murphey

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Michael Martin Murphey was born on March 14, 1945, to Pink Lavary 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.

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.

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.

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

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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.”

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.

Kacey Musgraves

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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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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

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

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.

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.

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.

ZZ Top

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

ZZ Top

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

ZZ Top

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

ZZ Top

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

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.

Patsy Cline

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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”.

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 .

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

(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.

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.

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.”

Baby Got Her Blue Jeans On

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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Country Boy

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This song helped Ricky Skaggs earn the “Entertainer of the Year’ award in 1985 from the Country Music Association. The video supporting the song includes legendary bluegrass artist Bill Monroe and was set in New York City.

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.

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 cabdriver, dancer Charlotte d’Ambroise, actor/dance Patrick Swayze and actoer 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.

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.

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.

Crazy

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This song was Kenny Rogers’ eleventh number one country single as a solo artist. You can argue between your selves if you like this version or the remake done by Willie Nelson.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 star ship 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.

Highwayman

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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”

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

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.

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. At the end, he says, “Oh I like you too, and to tell you the truth, that wasn’t my chair after all.”

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.

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 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, 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.

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.

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”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 more number ones but they were all duets with Loretta Lynn.

Mind Your Own Business

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In this song, the narrator admonishes a local busybody for snooping and gossiping. While the delivery is light and breezy, the song’s lyrics were likely inspired by the singer’s own tempestuous relationship with wife Audrey Williams and the buzz it created. First recorded in 1949 our version was released in 1987 by the legends son, here is “Mind your Own Business”

Mind Your Own Business

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This song ahs 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

Rose in Paradise

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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

Rose in Paradise

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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”.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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

Why Don’t it Have to be

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Wheels is 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)”

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.

Born to Boogie

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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”

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.

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”

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Straight Tequila Tonight

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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.

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.

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.

Dallas

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“Dallas” is a song in which the male narrator tells of a lover named Dallas who has left him for Dallas, Texas. He then goes on to say that he wishes that Dallas were in Tennessee — both the city and his former lover.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neon Moon

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Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks III was born on May 12, 1955, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ronnie Gene Dunn was born on June 1, 1953, in Coleman, Texas. The duo was founded in 1990 through the suggestion of Tim DuBois. Before the foundation, both members were solo recording artists. Brooks wrote #1 singles for John Conlee, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Highway 101; both he and Dunn also charted two solo singles apiece in the 1980s, with Brooks also releasing an album for Capitol Records in 1989.

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).

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”.

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.”

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”.

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.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

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“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” debuted at number 73 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 23, 1992. The song was Brooks and Dunn’s first crossover hit as it reached #50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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

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.

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.”

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.

I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)

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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.”

I am in a hurry (and don’t know why)

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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.

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)”.

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.

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”.

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).”

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.

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

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Don’t Let our Love Start Slippin’ Away

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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

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”.

When my Ship Comes In

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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”

When my Ship Comes In

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This song is co-written by Hayden Nicholas and Clint Black. It was released in January 1993 as the third and final single from his album “The Hard Way.” It reached number one in both the United States and Canada. According to Black, he and producer James Stroud spent more time putting the album together than either of the two preceding albums and were “a lot more aggressive in the way we cut and mixed the album”. Black also claimed to be more satisfied with the vocals on this album.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Money in the Bank

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

Can’t Break It To My Heart

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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”

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.

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”

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.

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.

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.

Thank God For You

Fun Fact

“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”

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