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Week ending 9/12/09: #1 singles this week in country music history

keith_whitely11949: Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me — Wayne Raney  (King)

1959: The Three Bells — The Browns (RCA)

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

1979: You’re My Jamaica — Charley Pride (RCA)

1989: I Wonder Do You Think Of Me — Keith Whitley (RCA)

1999: Single White Female — Chely Wright (MCA)

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

5 responses to “Week ending 9/12/09: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Jay September 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

    The sight of that Whitley song hit me like a ton of bricks, that was his first posthumous single and it makes me realize he really has been gone for 20 years

    • Razor X September 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

      Yes, it’s my favorite out of this week’s offerings. Actually, they are all good songs with the notable exception of “Big Green Tractor”.

  2. Occasional Hope September 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I love the Whitley track. It’s probably my least favourite of Charley Pride’s hits, though, and not one of my favourite recordings by Chely Wright, although I understand why it struck a chord and was her biggest hit. But they’re both masterpieces in comparison to Big Green Tractor.

    I’d never heard anything by Wayne Raney though his name is familiar from songwriting credits.

  3. Paul W Dennis September 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Although mostly forgotten Wayne Raney was a significant part of the Nashville scene for many years. This was his only #1 hit (he was more of a sideman than solo artist) .This is probably the best single on this week’s list

    I didn’t originally care for “You’re My Jamaica” when it came out but after hearing it a few times, it grew on me. It’s still not one of my Pride favorites but it’s a worthy part of the canon

    • Razor X September 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      There are other Pride songs I like better than “You’re My Jamaica”, but I do like the song. He at least shows that there is a way to do Carribean-flavored music properly, unlike the dreck that Kenny Chesney does. It’s become a somewhat difficult track to find, for some reason. It was on the original Essential Charley Pride that RCA released in the 90s. That collection was replaced by another of the same title after the merger with Sony. Most of the tracks are the same, but this one was left off the second collection for some reason.

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