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Week ending 2/12/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

1951: There’s Been A Change In Me — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1961: North To Alaska — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1971: Help Me Make It Through The Night — Sammi Smith (Mega)

1981: I Keep Coming Back — Razzy Bailey (RCA)

1991: Brother Jukebox — Mark Chesnutt (MCA)

2001: There Is No Arizona — Jamie O’Neal (Mercury)

2011: Somewhere With You — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

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7 responses to “Week ending 2/12/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Occasional Hope February 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I love the Chesnutt track.

  2. bob February 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I love Jamie O’Neal’s “There Is No Arizona”. Saw her in concert in ’01 and she was great.

  3. Razor X February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I don’t remember the Razzy Bailey song at all and it’s just as well because it’s not even remotely country, even by the eased-up standards of that time.

    • pwdennis February 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      I disagree – it’s more country than most of Barbara Mandrell’s singles of the period and was a good vocal performance. Razzy produced some good country music prior to this, so he got a pass on the country content of this record. Also the B side was a good country song “True Life Country Music” and it got much airplay in many markets – if I remember correctly, RCA pushed this as a double A-side record

      • Ken Johnson February 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

        As I recall Razzy received split airplay on that single because quite a few country radio stations at that time resisted playing songs that leaned too pop or R&B. RCA chose a more “country sounding” song for the “B” side to get airplay on those objecting stations so that the single could still be reported to the trade magazine charts. Some stations chose to air both sides however the “A” side received the lion’s share of the airplay.

        Razzy’s next single “Friends” and it’s flip side “Anywhere There’s A Jukebox” had a similar scenario.

        Between 1978 and 1982 Razzy scored 5 number one songs and 8 more top ten hits but today most folks have no idea who he is.

        • pwdennis February 15, 2011 at 5:31 am

          Good point and in the Orlando area, both sides of “I Keep Coming Back” and “Friends” received much airplay. Capitol did much the same thing with several of Anne Murray’s records pushing one side to pop stations and the other side to country stations

          I have several of Razzy’s post-RCA albums, all of which were better than his RCA albums. It’s too bad he has been forgotten

  4. Ben Foster February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    It’s a shame Jamie O’Neal didn’t have more staying power on country radio. I really liked herl

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