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Week ending 7/31/10: #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: Wonder Could I Live There Anymore — Charley Pride (RCA)

1980: Bar Room Buddies — Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood (MCA)

1990: The Dance — Garth Brooks (Capitol)

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

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

5 responses to “Week ending 7/31/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. pwdennis August 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Razor X – what source are you using for 1950 data ? I think “Why Don’t You Love Me” should be atop the charts this week

    Yet another in a long line of #1 Charley Pride singles. This one is not one of his best, but it is still a great recording.

    Bar Room Buddies came from the movie BRONCO BILLY starring Clint Eastwood (duh)

  2. Razor X August 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Wikipedia is the only source I could find with information going back that far, though it tends to be sketchy at times. They’re showing “Why Don’t You Love” me as #1 in Billboard from June 17 to July 8, and “M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I” as #1 from July 15 to August 12.

  3. pwdennis August 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    The source I use if Joel’s Whitburn’s TOP COUNTRY SINGLES 1944-1993. I have newer versions but this is the volume I have annotated with records reaching #1 on Cashbox or Record World that did not reach #1 on Billboard

    I’ll mail you the pages showing the progression of #1 records if you will e-mail me your address . I sent my contact information to the website’s general contact e-mail address

  4. Razor X August 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks. I have one of Whitburn’s books of #1 country hits, but I think it starts in 1973 and ends sometime in the 90s.

  5. Ken Johnson August 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    You gotta watch that Wiki stuff – there’s a lot of factual errors there.

    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.

    “Mississippi” by Red Foley was #1 for only ONE week on ONE Billboard Country Chart.

    In the July 15, 1950 issue of Billboard Magazine, “Mississippi” by Red Foley ranked #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 issues dated July 29, 1950 and August 5, 1950, “Why Don’t You Love Me” topped all three charts.

    As the 1950 calendar does not sync up with 2010 I’m not sure how you select comparable weeks.

    Because in the 1940’s & 50’s many country records would go to #1, drop a notch or two and then return to #1 (in some cases numerous times) the Whitburn book can be rather vague. It tells you the date when a song FIRST went to #1 but does not always indicate which specific date(s) a song may have spent at #1 – only the TOTAL weeks at #1.

    Also some songs may peak on one survey weeks before they peak on another. In many instances unless you view the original printed charts for a specific week it’s difficult to know exactly which song was topping each individual chart.

    On another topic, the Charley Pride song mentioned above is one of my all-time favorites. For anyone who spent time on a family farm the imagery of waking up there in the morning is brought to life by those lyrics. It also uses the ‘you can’t go home again” theme most effectively. I do prefer the original single mono version to the more widely available stereo version. The single featured a great piano lead in the verses that is overpowered by the steel guitar in the stereo album mix.

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