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Week ending 12/25/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

1950: If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time — Lefty Frizzell (Columbia)

1960: Wings Of A Dove — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

1970: Coal Miner’s Daughter — Loretta Lynn (Decca)

1980: That’s All That Matters — Mickey Gilley (Epic)

1990: I’ve Come To Expect It From You — George Strait (MCA)

2000: My Next Thirty Years — Tim McGraw (Curb)

2010: Why Wait — Rascal Flatts (Big Machine)

5 responses to “Week ending 12/25/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ben Foster December 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    1950 – After eleventy-plus weeks at number one, “I’m Movin’ On” is finally displaced.

    1970 – Yay for Loretta Lynn!

    • J.R. Journey December 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Hank Snow’s ‘I’m Movin’ On’ still holds the record as the longest-running #1 in the history of the country singles chart. I’m sure you already know that slightly different methods were used to generate those charts too – jukebox plays and sales of 45rpm singles as opposed to digital sales and radio airplay.

      That kind of chart longevity will never be heard of again. So now we say Nieslen SoundScan era when we mean modern chart accomplishments.

  2. pwdennis December 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    “I’m Movin’ On” will be back on top for a couple more weeks before finally sliding off the #1 slot for the last time

    “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is one of the few Loretta Lynn singles that I never really liked.. There are other songs that should be remembered for her

    Up until recent years, Lefty was one of the most important influences on country music, although the Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift cadres haven’t a clue as to his importance

  3. Ken Johnson December 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    In 1950 Billboard Magazine had three separate charts for country music. One chart tabulated plays in jukeboxes, another tracked radio play by disc jockeys and a third ranked best selling retail singles. “I’m Movin’ On” held the #1 position on the “Best Sellers In Stores” chart for 21 non-consecutive weeks. That single topped the “Most Played By Jockeys” survey for 18 non-consecutive weeks. And it was “Most Played In Jukeboxes” for 14 consecutive weeks. Hank truly ran the table with his own composition for most of 1950.

    As fresh and different as Hank Snow’s voice sounded to U.S. country audiences in 1950 (he was already very popular in his native Canada) Lefty Frizzell’s innovative style gave country music fans yet another reason to sit up and take notice. Unlike Hank Snow, Lefty’s impact would influence country music for decades to come. “If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time” became a game changer for country vocalists.

    Though I usually find remakes lacking when compared to the original, Mickey Gilley did a superb job with “That’s All That Matters To Me.” Gilley’s vocal performance was never better. Ray Price released his version of that Hank Cochran song as the flip side to his 1964 hit “Burning Memories.” The song charted for 9 weeks peaking at #34.

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