My Kind of Country

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

Week ending 4/17/10: #1 albums this week in country music history

1965: Connie Smith – Connie Smith (RCA)

1970: Johnny Cash – Hello I’m Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1975: Olivia Newton John – Have You Never Been Mellow (MCA)

1980: Kenny Rogers – Kenny (United Artists)

1985: Alabama – 40 Hour Week (RCA)

1990: Ricky Van Shelton – RVS III (Columbia)

1995: John Michael Montgomery – John Michael Montgomery (Warner Brothersl)

2000: Dixie Chicks – Fly (Sony)

2005: Larry the Cable Guy – The Right To Bare Arms (Warner Brothers)

2010: Lady Antebellum – Need You Now (Capitol)

2 responses to “Week ending 4/17/10: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis April 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Connie’s debut album kicked off a brilliant , if somewhat disjointed, career. Forty-five years later she is still the best female country singer going

  2. Ken Johnson April 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

    No question that Connie Smith’s debut RCA Victor album is a treasure trove of great country music. One of my all-time fave LP’s from a female voice that has no equal in my estimation.

    “Hello I’m Johnny Cash” is the best STUDIO album of Cash’s career. (not to be confused with several different compilation albums that share the same title but were issued many years later on CD)

    Recorded during six 1969 sessions scheduled around Cash’s ABC-TV summer replacement series, the album primarily relies on Cash’s Tennessee Three band for backup. Augmented by the guitars of Carl Perkins & Norman Blake and the voices of the Carter Family, this is the kind of PURE Johnny Cash music that diehard Cash fans like me absolutely LOVE. Released at the apex of Cash’s career and one of his top selling LP’s, I find it very strange that it has never had a solo CD re-release (the songs have all been reissued as part of a multi-disc imported box set) His 1971 “Man In Black” LP, 1972’s “A Thing Called Love”, and 1973’s “Any Old Wind That Blows” are all overdue for digital reissue. I wonder why there’s been a hold up at Sony.

    Also surprised that when the Johnny Cash Show DVD and companion audio CD was released in 2007 they failed to include ANY material from the original 1970 “Johnny Cash Show” album. That’s another hit album that has stayed in the vaults way too long. I always hoped that album would be reissued with additional songs from the TV show that Cash never recorded elsewhere. Still waiting.

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