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Week ending 10/3/09: #1 singles this week in country music history

sheppard_tg1949: Slippin’ Around — Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely (Capitol)

1959: The Three Bells — The Browns (RCA)

1969: Tall Dark Stranger — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1979: Last Cheater’s Waltz — T.G. Sheppard (Warner Bros./Curb)

1989: Let Me Tell You About Love — The Judds (RCA/Curb)

1999: Something Like That — Tim McGraw (Curb)

2009: Small Town USA — Justin Moore (Valory)

2 responses to “Week ending 10/3/09: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis October 4, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    “Slippin’ Around” will be with us for quite a while – it was #1 on the best sellers chart for 17 weeks, on the juke box charts for 12 weeks and was the number 1 pop record for three weeks

    “Last Cheater’s Waltz” was a cover of a single issued by the writer, Sonny Throckmorton, in February of 1979. Throckmorton’s double A-side single “Smooth Sailin’/ Last Cheater’s Waltz” topped out at #47. Sheppard covered bothsongs (on separate singles) and had hits with both songs . Throckmorton wasn’t much of a singer (this was his biggest hit) but I suspect he regarded his singles more-or-less as demos anyway, since virtually all of his singles were turned into bigger hits by other artists. “Last Cheater’s Waltz was TG’s first #1 in over four years – he would go on to have another eleven more for a total of fourteen

    “Tall Dark Stranger” is largely forgotten. It’s a very good record, but lacks the familiar ‘freight train’ sound of most of Buck’s prior singles. Buck’s next single “Big In Vegas” is probably the best remembered of his later hits. Shockingly, it did not reach #1 on Billboard (getting only to #5) but it was a #1 on Record World. George Strait recently passed Buck for third place on the list of most weeks at #1

  2. Razor X October 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I like this version of “Slippin’ Around” better than the Ernest Tubb version.

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