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Week ending 2/9/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

dougstone1953 (Sales): Eddy’s Song — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1953 (Jukebox): I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes — Goldie Hill (Decca)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): I’ll Go On Alone — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1963: The Ballad of Jed Clampett – Flatt & Scruggs (Columbia)

1973: She Needs Someone To Hold Her (When She Cries) — Conway Twitty (Decca)

1983: Inside – Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1993: Too Busy Being In Love — Doug Stone (Epic)

2003: 19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills (Mercury)

2013: Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) — Gary Allan (MCA)

2013 (Airplay): Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) — Gary Allan (MCA)

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5 responses to “Week ending 2/9/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis February 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Really good set of songs this week – Goldie Hill would become the wife of Hall of Famer Carl Smith and basically pull the plug on her own career. This song was an answer song to “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes”, song that went to #1 in 1952 for writer Slim Willet and for Skeets McDonald and went to #4 for Ray Price (the next year Red Foley took it to #8). Apparently the world couldn’t get enough of the song as Perry Como had a #1 pop hit with the song in the US, UK and Argentina.

    It’s too bad about the sound and picture quality of the Hee Haw clip on Conway Twitty’s “She Needs Someone To Hold Her (When She Cries)” – it really is a great song , the kind of song Conway excelled at doing

    I saw Doug Stone live a few years ago. “Too Busy Being In Love” was one of the songs he performed accompanied only by his own outstanding guitar playing. I wish he’s record a whole album of just DOug and his guitar . What a treat that was !

    I’m not that fond of Gary’s new album, but this is a pretty good song

  2. Luckyoldsun February 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Doug Stone? Bah! I thought most of his records sucked–and this one is quintessential Doug Stone!

    What’s of interest on this list is the Marty Robbins record–Robbins is one of the all-time giants of country singers who are also known for their songwriting, up there with Hank, Cash and Haggard, I knew of a Marty single called “I Walk Alone”–which was a much later #1–but I was not familiar with “I’ll Go On Alone.” I looked it up and was surprised that it’s listed as Marty’s first single and went all the way to #1. I’m not sure I would have known that it’s Marty Robbins. I can definitely recognize it now that I know, but he does not seem here to have developed yet the recognizable Marty voice.

    • Ken Johnson February 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      I agree that Doug Stone’s later recordings became pretty schmaltzy. Too many crooning ballads that sounded similar. His earliest hits were excellent. “I’d Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)” and “Fourteen Minutes Old” remain favorites with me. Personally Doug is a prince of a guy. One of the nicest I’ve ever met.

      “I’ll Go On Alone” was actually Marty THIRD Columbia single (but the first to chart). His debut single was “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” b/w “Tomorrow You’ll Be Gone” (4-20925) followed by “Crying ‘Cause I Love You” b/w “I Wished Somebody Loved Me” (4-20965) During his early years Marty had quite a few singles that missed the charts completely including gospel & Hawaiian songs. For every song that he charted there were several others that didn’t make it . Chart records didn’t become consistent for him until “Singing The Blues” in 1956.

  3. Ken Johnson February 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    The most successful song of 1952-53 was “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes.” Four versions became country hits including one recorded by the songwriter Slim Willet. Additional details of this remarkable hit can be found here:

    http://mykindofcountry.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/week-ending-1513-1-singles-this-week-in-country-music-history/

    As Willet’s single was beginning its journey up the charts a new female singer was recording an “answer” song. Native Texan Argolda Voncile Hill, billed professionally as “Goldie Hill (The Golden Hillbilly)” had been singing since her early teens in the honky-tonks around San Antonio. Tommy Hill, her older brother, was an accomplished musician and songwriter that played guitar and fiddle for several acts including Webb Pierce. Goldie joined Webb’s show in April 1952 and three months later received an audition with Decca records. Her timing was excellent. Encouraged by Kitty Wells’ success Decca producer Paul Cohen was on the lookout for another woman to add to his roster. Talented and pretty 19-year-old Goldie Hill fit the bill perfectly and she received an immediate Decca contract. Though her first session failed to yield any hits, Goldie returned to Nashville’s Castle studio on October 8, 1952 to record a song with lyrics created by her brother Tommy. It was a female “answer” song to “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes.” “I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes” charted during the second week of January 1953 and climbed to the top of the jukebox survey just 5 weeks later. That single was the pinnacle of Goldie’s musical career spending four weeks at #1. The next year Goldie scored a top five hit with duet partner Justin Tubb on “Looking Back To See” (That song was also a hit for Jim Ed & Maxine Brown) But subsequent releases delivered diminishing returns. After her 1957 marriage to Carl Smith Goldie scaled back her performing career though she continued to record for Decca until 1964. Her final recordings were made as Goldie Hill Smith for Epic in 1967 & 68. She died in 2005. Though her brother Tommy never achieved fame as a singer he was a successful record label executive, musician, songwriter and producer. He wrote Webb Pierce’s 1954 landmark hit “Slowly” and co-wrote & produced “Teddy Bear” for Red Sovine in 1976. Tommy died in 2002.

    Trivia: “I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes” includes a third name alongside Slim Willet & Tommy Hill in the writers credits, Virginia Suber. Suber is the maiden name of Virginia Franks whose husband Tillman Franks was Tommy’s manager at that time. Her name was likely included as part of his management agreement.

    Both of Conway Twitty’s #1 singles during 1972 were remakes of previous hits. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” had been a 1958 country hit for writer Don Gibson and a 1962 pop hit for Ray Charles. “(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date” was based on a 1960 instrumental hit by Floyd Cramer. Conway had written lyrics to the melody at the time that Cramer’s single was a hit but waited a dozen years before recording it. For his next single Conway was ready to tackle brand new material. It came from part-time songwriter Raymond Smith who had written Conway’s 1970 hit “Fifteen Years Ago.” Though Smith was unsure of his new song’s potential, Conway’s first listen to it over a telephone convinced him that Smith had written another hit. “She Needs Someone To Hold Her (When She Cries)” was recorded at an early evening session on September 27, 1972 at Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, TN. The solid country arrangement spotlighted exceptional harmonies by Joe E. Lewis & The Nashville Sounds and superb steel guitar licks by John Hughey. The record became Conway’s 11th number one country hit and was his final single release on the Decca imprint. Parent company Music Corporation of America retired the Decca name in early 1973 in favor of MCA.

    Until 1983 Mike Reid was best known for his playing on the football field as a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals. But the classically trained pianist was also an aspiring country songwriter. After retiring from the gridiron he moved to Nashville eventually becoming a staff songwriter for Ronnie Milsap’s publishing company. A song that Mike felt had little potential impressed Ronnie who chose it for the title track of his 1982 album “Inside Ronnie Milsap.” Selected as the third single release “Inside” climbed to #1 during this week in 1983 sharing the top slot with the tag-along B side “Carolina Dreams.” (The only shared #1 on Billboard’s country survey during 1983) Mike provided Ronnie with seven more #1 hits and teamed with Ronnie on their 1988 #2 duet “Old Folks.” During a brief solo career Mike scored a #1 hit in 1991 with ‘Walk On Faith.”

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