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Week ending 3/16/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

Gary-Allan1953 (Sales): Kaw-Liga – Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Jukebox): Kaw-Liga – Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): Kaw-Liga – Hank Williams (MGM)

1963: Don’t Let Me Cross Me Over — Carl Butler & Pearl (Columbia)

1973: ‘Til I Get It Right — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1983: The Rose – Conway Twitty (Elektra)

1993: What Part of No — Lorrie Morgan (BNA)

2003: Man to Man – Gary Allan (MCA)

2013: Sure Be Cool If You Did — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

2013 (Airplay): One Of Those Nights — Tim McGraw (Big Machine)

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6 responses to “Week ending 3/16/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis March 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I was a pretty big Conway Twitty fan from about 1966 onward, but starting in 1982, Conway shifted directions, recording a bunch of unworthy songs: “The Clown” , “Slow Hand”, “We Had It All”, and “The Rose” of them, “The Rose” was the worst, in fact I regard it as the worst recording Conway ever made. Fortunately in 1983 Conway would change directions again and start recording (mostly) decent songs again for a few years

    “Til I Get It Right” was another fine song from Tammy Wynette. The Wynette Express would continue to rack up top ten singles through the end of 1979, although the number one singles were nearing the end

    It’s hard to believe that it has been twenty years since “What Part of No” stormed up the charts. THis would be its last week (of three weeks) at #1. She would have one more #1 record in 1995.

  2. Luckyoldsun March 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    You should have told that to Conway–and to the radio programmers who put those records on the top of the charts.

    • Ken Johnson March 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Radio programmers do not “put records on the top of the charts.” Radio airplay is driven by song popularity. If a song is popular it gets played more often. The most played songs become #1 hits. No programmer shoots him/herself in the foot by playing songs that the audience does not wish to hear.

      The early 1980’s Conway hits that included several pop remakes were immensely popular with the Urban Cowboy country fans of that era. Especially women. “The Rose” and “Slow Hand” were HUGE request items at country radio. Not my personal cup of tea but there’s no question that while other country artists from the 1950’s & 60’s were seeing their popularity fade during that era Conway was endearing himself to a new group of fans. God bless him for throwing us hard country fans a bone now & then with songs like “Lost In The Feeling.”

      • Razor X March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        Aside from some of his early rock-and-roll stuff, I can’t think of a Conway Twitty song that I didn’t like. I wasn’t a huge fan of “The Clown” when it first came out, but it grew on me. “Slow Hand” wasn’t his best but I didn’t intensely dislike it. Nor do I dislike “The Rose”, unlike a lot of other people.

        • Luckyoldsun March 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

          “Slow Hand” and “The Rose” were great records. I was always interested in hearing what the Pointer Sisters and Bette Middler thought of those recordings, or even better, if those ladies and Conway ever performed them anywhere together, but I never heard or read anything about that.

          I thought Conway deserved credit for dreaming up the idea of doing “Slow Hand” as a man’s song, but apparently another country artist–I think it was Del Reeves!–actually did it first.

  3. Erik Pettersen March 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” is a masterpiece, and “What Part Of No” is one of Lorrie Morgan’s strongest tracks – great week!

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