My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Week ending 6/27/09: #1 this week in country music

RosanneCash1949: One Kiss Too Many — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1959: The Battle of New Orleans — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1969: Running Bear — Sonny James (Capitol)

1979: Amanda — Waylon Jennings (RCA)

1989: I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party — Rosanne Cash (Columbia)

1999: Write This Down — George Strait (MCA)

2009: Out Last Night — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

8 responses to “Week ending 6/27/09: #1 this week in country music

  1. J.R. Journey June 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    ‘I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party’ was the last #1 Rosanne Cash would have in a string of 5 consecutive chart toppers, capping off a very successful run throughout all of the 1980s, beginning with her signature ‘Seven Year Ache’ in 1981. She would have 15 straight top 20 hits, with 14 going top 10 and 10 of those going all the way to #1. I’ve always thought Rosanne Cash was criminally underrated.

    I never cared for the song ‘Amanda’ in its Don Williams incarnation or even by Waylon Jennings. This is the first week I’ve liked less than half the songs.

    • Paul W Dennis June 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm

      I liked Don’s version of “Amanda” but it was released too early in his career to be a big hit and it split the chart action with the otherside of the record. Had he released it about four years later he would have had a #1 and Waylon wouldn’t have bothered to record it

  2. Razor X June 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I always felt that Rosanne Cash short-circuited her own career. I read several interviews with her in the 80s where she complained about not fitting in and not being accepted in Nashville, despite the fact that she was consistently having hits and being nominated for major awards at the time. Then, starting with Interiors in 1990, she moved to a less country sound, at a time when the trend was in the opposite direction. I never really understood that album. I know it was when her marriage to Rodney Crowell was falling apart, but it was such a dark, depressing album, I don’t know how anybody expected it to be a commercial success. If she’d stayed in Nashville, I think she would have remained on the charts throughout most of the 90s.

    • J.R. Journey June 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      She did take a much more ‘artistic’ approach to her music around that time and focused a lot less of the commercial aspect of it. So you’re right in that she stopped having hits and success in Nashville at her own doing. But when people talk about the most successful artist of the 80s and names like Alabama, The Judds, George Strait, and Reba come up, people forget that Rosanne Cash and Hank Williams Jr. and Kenny Rogers (and even Willie Nelson) were also huge stars having hits and winning major awards as recently as 20-25 years ago.

      I just thought it needed mentioning. I’ve been championing Rosanne Cash for a while now … 🙂

  3. Michael June 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Rosanne is awesome and although I never cared for Interiors, The Wheel was a great album. I’m not sure if she would have fit in with the other mainstream country artists of the 90s though. And I know she won a lot of grammys but did she win any other awards? My favorite song of hers is “Runaway Train.” Love that one.

    • Razor X June 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

      I don’t think she won any CMA or ACM awards, but she was nominated for female vocalist quite a few times in the 80s. Of course, that was when Reba was on her winning streak.

  4. Leeann Ward June 29, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I actually like Jennings’ “Amanda” and I like just about anything Don Williams sings. Thanks for adding in 2009; it makes me laugh.

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