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Week ending 2/19/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

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

1961: Wings Of A Dove — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

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

1981: Who’s Cheatin’ Who — Charly McClain (Epic)

1991: Brother Jukebox — Mark Chesnutt (MCA)

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

2011: Voices — Chris Young (RCA)

6 responses to “Week ending 2/19/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. pwdennis February 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Ferlin Husky only had three number one records scattered about from 1953 to 1960 but each of the three was a monster hit spending . After being #1 for most of November and December 1960 , “Wings of A Dove” made one last ppearence at #1 this week in 1961, for a total of ten weeks at #1. It also reached #12 on Billboard’s pop charts. This would be the last overtly religious song to reach #1 until Cristy Lane got there with “One Day At A Time” in 1980. Indeed , religious singles were frowned upon by the Nashville establishment in the years to follow

  2. pwdennis February 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I forgot to mention that according to Cash Box, the primary rival to Billboard over the course of Ferlin’s career, “Wings of A Dove” was the biggest record for the period 1958-1982, spending 19 weeks at #1 , 2 weeks at #2 and 2 weeks at #3. The Billboard charts really weren’t that different in that Billboard had it at #1 for 10 weeks, #2 for 12 weeks and at #3 for 2 weeks

  3. Ken Johnson February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The peak chart life of “Wings Of A Dove” spanned two years of year-end chart tabulations. Therefore it holds the distinction of being the only song to have a top ten year-end rank for two consecutive years. It was Billboard’s #8 hit for 1960 and #10 in 1961. The Cashbox year-end DJ polls ranked it #7 in 1960 and #2 in 1961.

    I would also include Kris Krisofferson’s 1973 number one hit “Why Me” as an overtly religious song which places it in the time period between Ferlin and Cristy Lane.

    • pwdennis February 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      I forgot about “Why Me”, probably because I tend to tune out Kris’s vocals

      Mea culpa

      • Ken Johnson February 22, 2011 at 10:23 am


        As far as Kris’ vocals go this is probably one of his better performances….which I know ain’t sayin’ much. The production values and chorus on “Why Me” compensates for his vocal shortcomings better than most of his other recordings.

        I had also considered mentioning Johnny Cash’s 1969 #1 hit “Daddy Sang Bass” which is sort of a quasi-religious song. Some place this song squarely in the country gospel category but I considered it to be a song about a rural southern family with religious overtones.

        • Occasional Hope February 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

          I think maybe the lyrics and emotional mood of the song support Kris’s limited voice more than on other songs, too.

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