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Week ending 5/1/10: #1 albums this week in country music history

1965: Buck Owens – I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail (Capitol)

1970: Charley Pride – Just Plain Charley (RCA)

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)

7 responses to “Week ending 5/1/10: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson May 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Two of my all-time favorite LP’s are on this list.

    Buck Owens’ “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail” is Buck at his vintage best. It includes the killer hit single title track and it’s uncharted “flip” side “Crying Time.” Though no other songs were selected for single release, there was no lack of worthy candidates including “We’re Gonna Let The Good Times Roll,” ‘Trouble And Me,” and ‘Fallin’ For You” If you pick up the 1995 Sundazed CD reissue of this LP you’ll get to hear a wonderful bonus track of “Act Naturally” recorded live in October 1963. It’s worth the price of the whole CD just to hear Buck & Don Rich & the Buckaroos LIVE at the very dawn of their superstardom.

    “Just Plain Charley” contains what I believe is Charley Pride’s greatest single performance, “(I’m So) Afraid Of Losing You Again.” Charley ever sounded better than on this recording which topped the country singles chart for the last 3 weeks of 1969 giving Charley his second #1 hit. Producer Jack Clement outdid himself assembling an amazing team of musicians including the amazing Lloyd Green on steel guitar and the superb twin fiddles of Johnny Gimble and Buddy Spicher.

    The album leads off with a great version of the Roger Miller hit “Me And Bobby McGee” and includes Charley’s take on 3 more songs that were singles for other artists: Ferlin Husky’s “That’s Why I Love You So Much,” Slim Whitman’s “Happy Street,” and an unusual choice, Merle Haggard’s “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive.” Especially love the songs that served as flip sides for Charley’s first two #1 single hits, “A Brand New Bed Of Roses” and “A Good Chance Of Tear Fall Tonight. ”

    Sorry to say that no one at RCA/BMG has seen fit to re-release this great album or for that matter ANY of Charley’s original LP’s on CD. Considering how popular Charley was at the time and how well his albums sold it is most puzzling and unfortunate. Perhaps Bear Family will one day begin to compile Charley’s early (and best) recordings in a multi-disc box set.

    • Razor X May 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Sorry to say that no one at RCA/BMG has seen fit to re-release this great album or for that matter ANY of Charley’s original LP’s on CD. Considering how popular Charley was at the time and how well his albums sold it is most puzzling and unfortunate.

      It’s very surprising, indeed. Charley Pride’s name should be right up there with Haggard and Jones, in my opinion, and I don’t understand why his legacy is not more secure than it is. I wish they would come out with that film on his life that has been in the works for God knows how long, because it may revive interest in his back catalog. He had many, many wonderful hits. “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” is the only one that seems to be remembered, but he had a lot of other hits that were actually better than that one.

      • pwdennis May 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm

        I agree – if I were to rank my favorites among Charley’s hits it would goe as follows:

        1) I’d Rather Love You
        2) It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer
        3) I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again
        4) All I Have To Offer You Is Me
        5) Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone
        6) The Easy Part’s Over
        7) Let The Chips Fall
        8) Kiss An Angel Good Morning

  2. Michael May 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite in this bunch is definitely the Larry the Cable Guy set.

    Just kidding. Good grief. I can’t believe that is was #1 for multiple weeks.

    • J.R. Journey May 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      That surprised me too when I started compiling these, but if you look at all the albums that made it to #1 in 2005 – listed here on wikipedia – there are several names like Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, and Jo Dee Messina that I wouldn’t have guessed had #1 albums.

      • Ken Johnson May 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm

        Something to consider regarding this topic: #1 albums are relative to what other product was selling at that particular time. Album sales have been steadily declining since the arrival of digital file sharing in the 21st century. Also there are fewer acts that can truly sell substantial numbers of CD’s. Each of those #1 albums listed for 2005 may only represent sales of a few thousand copies whereas in the 1990’s and earlier the #1 album may have represented sales of TENS of THOUSANDS of albums.

        The bar for a #1 ranking has been lowered considerably as has the talent of many of today’s alleged country performers (in my humble opinion)

  3. Razor X May 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    The bar for a #1 ranking has been lowered considerably as has the talent of many of today’s alleged country performers (in my humble opinion)

    Can’t argue with that.

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