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Week ending 8/29/09 – #1 singles this week in country music

hollydunn1949: I’m Throwing Rice (At The Girl I Love) — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1959: The Three Bells — The Browns (RCA)

1969: A Boy Named Sue — Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1979: Heartbreak Hotel — Willie Nelson & Leon Russell (Columbia)

1989: Are You Ever Gonna Love Me — Holly Dunn (Warner Bros.)

1999: Amazed — Lonestar (BNA)

2009: Big Green Tractor — Jason Aldean (Broken Bow)

14 responses to “Week ending 8/29/09 – #1 singles this week in country music

  1. Paul W Dennis August 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

    A good single for Holly Dunn

    “Heartbreak Hotel” is not one of my favorite Willie tracks but Leon Russell was a known commodity to rock fans and this song (and the accompanying album) pulled in a lot of listeners who otherwise couldn’t be bothered with country music. The song is a re-make of Elvis Presley’s breakthrough hit, but goes in a completely different direction from the original

    I am always amazed that Jason Aldean is considered country

    • Razor X August 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

      A good single for Holly Dunn

      Yes, this was the first of her two #1 hits. The album from which it came, The Blue Rose of Texas is excellent from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

      I am always amazed that Jason Aldean is considered country.

      You and me both.

  2. Michael August 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I’m not familiar with the Dunn tune and I think this is the first week for the Browns. I became familiarized with “The Three Bells” when it was used to great effect in an episode of “The Sopranos”.

  3. Paul W Dennis August 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Holly Dunn was a very talented performer who was at her peak when she issued a song titled “Maybe I Mean Yes”. The Femi-nazi’s and / or PC Thought Police (probably both) put an unintended spin on the song, and pressured her into withdrawing the song from radio.

    From that point forward her career tanked as those pressuring her weren’t buying her music anyway, and her fan base lost respect for her for giving in to the pressure groups

    Too bad – she was a terrific singer and songwriter

    • Razor X August 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm

      Yes, that was unfortunate. Radio was already starting to cool towards her. The album she had out right before the controversy contained her first single that didn’t make the Top 10 — “My Anniversary for Being a Fool”, which didn’t make it past the lower levels of the chart. She rebounded with the second single “You Really Had Me Going” which made it to #1, but things were very hit and miss for her from that point on and the “Maybe I Mean Yes” controversy shortly thereafter was enough to effectively end her career.

      She had a lot of solid radio hits, but she never seemed to sell a lot of albums; I’ve never really understood why. Country was selling really well at the time. She really should have been a platinum — or at least a gold — selling artist.

    • J.R. Journey August 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

      Femi-nazi’s – that’s a term I hadn’t heard before. I like it.

  4. Leeann Ward August 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve heard about this controversy a few times before, but have never actually heard the song. I just looked up the lyrics and have to admit that I’m surprised by how innocuous they are. By the way people have described it, I expected them to be much worse. I see the underlying point, but since the focal point is being asked out and not intimacy (as I had wrongly assumed), the song really seems harmless.

    Now, “Daddy’s Hands” may be a little more disturbing.:)

  5. J.R. Journey August 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I didn’t know that was a Rush Limbaugh term, but it still wouldn’t change my thinking about it probably. It’s a neat term – and fitting sometimes for sure. All I know about the man is that he’s a big-mouthed Conservative really. I don’t agree with them, but I’ve known and liked many big-mouthed Conservatives, even though I’m a big-mouthed Liberal myself. I never cared much for ultra-feminists though. I could never understand extremes like that.

    • Leeann Ward August 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

      Okay, J.R. We’ll just have to leave this one alone, because my disgust for Limbaugh and his attitude toward women is pretty boundless and I certainly wouldn’t call myself an extremist or even a loud mouth liberal.

      • J.R. Journey August 30, 2009 at 11:20 pm

        Oh, I’d never call you that either. You never striked me as that type. You’re a very rational person I’ve already assumed.

        As for Limbaugh, if I knew much about him, I’d probably despise him too – I have several friends who vocally criticize him in my company, I just never cared enough to find out enough to form an honest opinion of him. I never watch Fox News, ever, which is where I assume he’s broadcasting from. I was just saying the fact the he coined the term wouldn’t change my opinion about it …

        I also didn’t mean to come off as a woman-hater or anything. To the contrary. It’s the extremism that stem from things like Conservatism and Feminism that bother me …

  6. Leeann Ward August 31, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I know what you mean about extremism. I really don’t like it either. It happens on both sides for sure and it never helps perpetuate meaningful dialogue. It just shuts me down, at least. Don’t worry, by the way, I never thought you were a woman hater.:)

    • Leeann Ward August 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

      Oh yeah, Limbaugh isn’t on Fox, but rather Talk Radio. I grew up listening to him because my parents and grandparents turned him on like clock work. He had a television show for awhile that we couldn’t get with our Cable package, so a friend of theirs who had satelite recorded it for them every week. So, they’re serious fans. My dad is still one of my favorite people, though we don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh when we get together these days.:)

      There was a time that I liked Keith Obermann (probably one of the left’s versions of Limbaugh), but he’s turned out to be way too extreme and egocentric for me too.

      • Paul W Dennis August 31, 2009 at 11:05 am

        I’m glad your Dad is still one of your favorite people. I remained on good terms with mine until his death. He was rather conservative, more so than I (I lean center-right). My mom is still alive, she leans mild-left *(actually she doesn’t really trust any politico) but we’ve always been on good terms and she now lives with me

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