Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country charts with “The Story of My Life” which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Dolly Parton released “The Bargain Store” which became her fifth #1 on the country chart as a solo artist. Worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store is used as a metaphor for a woman emotionally damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations’ playlists when programmers mistook the line “you can easily afford the price” as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution.
Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray and The Oak Ridge Boys all picked up trophies at the American Music Awards.
Double Live the tenth album by Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart. As its name implies, it is a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks’ second world tour in 1998. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Eric Clapton’s Unplugged in 1992.
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Consider Me Gone” a song written by Steve Diamond and Marv Green and the second single from her thirty-third studio album Keep On Loving You. The song became McEntire’s thirty-fourth #1 single and is also her longest-lasting chart topper at four weeks.