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Week ending 7/24/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

1950: M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I — Red Foley (Decca)

1960: Please Help Me, I’m Falling — Hank Locklin (RCA)

1970: He Loves Me All The Way — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1980: True Love Ways — Mickey Gilley (Epic)

1990: The Dance — Garth Brooks (Capitol)

2000: I Hope You Dance — Lee Ann Womack (MCA)

2010: Rain Is A Good Thing — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

2 responses to “Week ending 7/24/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. pwdennis July 25, 2010 at 11:44 am

    This is the second week that “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I” is listed at #2 but Whitburn shows it at #1 only for the week of 6/17. I think “Why Don’t You Love Me” by Hank Williams had reclaimed the top spot this week

    In a few weeks the biggest song in the history will claim the top spot and stay there for 21 of the next 23 weeks

    I liked Gilley’s “True Love Ways” but nothing beats the original version by Buddy Holly. Peter & Gordon, a British invasion duo, had a nice version in 1965 or 1966 also.

  2. Ken Johnson July 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Paul you are correct regarding Red Foley.

    For those not familiar, Billboard had three separate country charts for most of the 1950’s. “Most-Played Jukebox (Country & Western) Records,” “Best-Selling Retail Folk (Country & Western) Records,” and “Country And Western Records Most Played By Folk Disc Jockeys.” Billboard finally switched to just one all encompassing chart “Hot C&W Sides” on October 20, 1958.

    In the July 15, 1950 issue of Billboard Magazine, “Mississippi” by Red Foley was #1 on the jukebox survey while “Why Don’t You Love Me” by Hank Williams topped both the disc jockey and best selling charts.

    In the Billboard issue dated July 22, 1950, “Why Don’t You Love Me” by Hank Williams topped the jukebox and disc jockey surveys and “I’ll Sail By Ship Alone” by Moon Mulligan was the #1 song on the best selling chart.

    For the Billboard issue dated July 29, 1950, ‘Why Don’t You Love Me” topped all three charts.

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