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George Jones & Barbara Mandrell's Memorable 'I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool' Performance (VIDEO)

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During the 1981 CMA Awards, Barbara Mandrell, who was the reigning Queen of Country back then, took the stage to perform her signature song, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool". Her performance was already memorable, but then George Jones walked on stage to join Barbara on her last verse, making it legendary.

"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" was released in 1981 as the lead single off of Barbara's Barbara Mandrell Live album. It peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song speaks about having a legitimate and authentic connection to country music, rather then just enjoying it because it's fad, which is what happened a lot in the early 80s because of the movie Urban Cowboy.

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I remember wearin' straight leg Levis and flannel shirts
Even when they weren't in style
I remember singin' with Roy Rogers at the movies
When the West was really wild
And I was listenin' to the Opry
When all of my friends were diggin'
Rock 'n Roll and Rhythm & Blues
I was country, when country wasn't cool.

I remember circlin' the drive-in, pullin' up
And turnin' down George Jones
I remember when no one was lookin'
I was puttin' peanuts in my Coke
I took a lot of kiddin'
'Cause I never did fit in
now look at everybody tryin' to be what I was then
I was country, when country wasn't cool.

I was country, when country wasn't cool
I was Country, from my hat down to my boots
I still act, and look the same
What you see ain't nothin' new
I was country, when country wasn't cool.

They call us country bumpkins
For stickin' to our roots
I'm just glad we're in a country
Where we're all free to choose
I was country, when country wasn't cool.

Hey, I was country, when country wasn't cool
Yes, I was Country, from my hat down to my boots
(Both)
I still act, and look the same
What you see ain't nothin' new
I was country, when country wasn't cool.

Yeah, I was Country when Country wasn't cool.

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