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Week ending 6/25/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

1951: I Want To Be With You Always — Lefty Frizzell (Columbia)

1961: Hello Walls — Faron Young (Capitol)

1971: When You’re Hot, You’re Hot — Jerry Reed (RCA)

1981: But You Know I Love You — Dolly Parton (RCA)

1991: The Thunder Rolls — Garth Brooks (Capitol)

2001: I’m Already There — Lonestar (BNA)

2011: Honey Bee — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

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4 responses to “Week ending 6/25/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. pwdennis June 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Interesting set of songs. The 1981 entry was a hit twice in 1969 – a number two country hit for “Whispering” Bill Anderson and a #19 pop hit for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. I still prefer Bill’s version but Dolly’s version was okay, something you can’t say for most of her cover versions.

    “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” was Jerry’s first country #1 and perhaps his best remembered song although the song immediately prior to this one, “Amos Moses” got higher on the pop charts and sold more copies

    • Razor X June 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

      I’ve always liked Dolly’s version of “But You Know I Love You”; I’ve never cared much for any of Jerry Reed’s music.

  2. luckyoldsun June 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    At least I could say I’m familiar with all of the songs–and I can find all but the last two in my CD collection.

    Jerry Reed was a good picker and an outsize personality–that come through on his records. I suppose he should qualify as an Outlaw–but I don’t think I ever hear him mentioned when the Outlaw singers are discussed.

    • pwdennis June 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      I don’t think Jerry could be classified as anything but a musician – his idol was Chet Atkins and they performed together on at least three albums and probably on a bunch of side projects. Jerry’s superlative abilities as a picker have been forgotten by many. Chet always said Jerry was the best picker he ever met and there are various rock musicians that have echoed similar sentiments

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