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Week ending 4/18/09: #1 this week in country music history

George Morgan (1924-1975)

George Morgan (1924-1975)

1949: Candy Kisses — George Morgan (Columbia)

1959: White Lightning — George Jones (Mercury)

1969: Woman Of The World — Loretta Lynn (Decca)

1979: All I Ever Need Is You — Kenny Rogers & Dottie West (United Artists)

1989
: The Church on Cumberland Road — Shenandoah (Columbia)

1999: How Forever Feels — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

11 responses to “Week ending 4/18/09: #1 this week in country music history

  1. J.R. Journey April 19, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Man, that Shenandoah song takes me back to my childhood. And I didn’t know George Morgan was having hits as far back the 1940s. I did know he passed away in the mid 1970s.

    I really like this feature too.

  2. Occasional Hope April 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    It’s hard to believe ‘Candy Kisses’ sold a million copies.

  3. Michael April 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

    60 years since “Candy Kisses”, 20 since Lorrie’s Leave a Light On and Shenandoah’s “Church on the Cumberland Road”? I may not remember George Morgan but Shenandoah does bring me back to my childhood.

  4. Meg April 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

    This feature’s always fun! You can really see and hear the changes play out in country music over the decades!

    Sometimes what they’re wearing is half the fun in the youtube videos! WOW that red in the George Jones’ is loud! And man that fiddle player’s leather pants are tight in the Kenny Chesney vid! Are they spray-painted on??

    And I love how Loretta’s basically telling that woman where to go in such a sweet way!

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  6. Paul W Dennis April 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “Candy Kisses” still gets performed today , although not as frequently as was once the case

    “White Lighting was written by J.P. “The Big Bopper” RIchardson. This record was George’s biggest selling 45 and his biggest pop hit

    All I Ever Need Is You” was originally a top ten pop hit for Sonny & Cher in 1971. Ray Sanders also had a country hit with it that same year, my favorite versio of the song

    • Razor X April 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      I think it’s interesting to go back and listen to these old rockabilly songs that George Jones did in the 50s. They’re such a long way from the crooning style he’d go on to develop and for which he’d become famous.

      It’s also interesting to note that he only had 9 number one hits as a solo artist, 3 number one duets with Tammy Wynette, one with Merle Haggard and one with Barbara Mandrell. Not a lot compared to his contemporaries like Haggard — especially when you consider that he had his first chart hit in 1955.

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