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Week ending 9/3/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

1951: Always Late With Your Kisses — Lefty Frizzell (Columbia)

1961: Tender Years — George Jones (Mercury)

1971: Good Lovin’ (Makes It Right) — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1981: (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me — Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1991: You Know Me Better Than That — George Strait (MCA)

2001: Austin — Blake Shelton (Giant)

2011: Am I The Only One — Dierks Bentley (Capitol)

7 responses to “Week ending 9/3/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis September 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    An excellent week in history – “Austin” remains my favorite Blake Shelton tune, and “Tender Years” comes from George’s United Artist years, which many regard as his absolute peak period

    • Razor X September 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      “Austin” is also my favorite Shelton tune. “Tender Years” was actually one of George’s last releases on Mercury, just prior to signing with UA. I agree that the UA recordings are all top notch. I have all three Jones Bear Family box sets and the UA one is my favorite.

      • Occasional Hope September 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Tender Years is wonderful – George Jones at his very best.

      • Paul W Dennis September 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        I’d forgotten about the single being on Mercury because it was being played on the radio in 1962 , a period when both Mercury and United Artists were issuing singles on George. Interestingly enough the very first George Jones album I ever purchased were HITS BY GEORGE ! on Musicor and it contained the song “Tender Years”

        I think the Musicor years were my favorite period because of the huge variety of music he recorded. George recorded about 400 songs in the seven or eight years he was actively recording for them so he was over-recorded to be sure, but even the mishaps were interesting .

        I do agree that the average standard of the music was highest at UA but about ten of my twenty favorite Jones songs were recorded on Musicor

        • Razor X September 5, 2011 at 12:10 am

          The Musicor years included a lot of hastily put together re-recordings from the Starday/Mercury and UA years that were usually inferior to the originals. So it’s understandably difficult to keep everything straight sometimes. That being said, but there were some true classics that came out of the Musicor sessions: “A Good Year For the Roses”, “Love Bug”, “When The Grass Grows Over Me”, “If My Heart Had Windows” and “Walk Through This World With Me”, just to name a few.

  2. Danny Barker September 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    tender years is a great song.austin also is a great song even those I am not Blake Shelton fan.

  3. Ken Johnson September 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Lefty’s 1951 hit remains one of my all-time favorites. Dwight Yoakam’s 1988 re-make was inspired by Lefty’s own 1958 re-recording of the song that featured backup singers echoing the refrain “….always late…..”

    I’ve always considered “Tender Years” and “Window Up Above” George Jones’ best ballad performances from his Mercury tenure. Those were the songs where his unique vocal style had finally matured. His Musicor remakes of earlier hits were quite good as George was in his vocal prime from 1965-1971 and his studio bands were likewise superb. Though I’m usually not a fan of remakes those Musicor re-recordings sure sound pretty darn good.

    Tammy Wynette was on a top-ten hit streak in 1971 and though most of her single hits were ballads she occasionally found great uptempo songs to add a little energy to her repertoire. Hastily written by Tammy’s record producer Billy Sherrill just before the May 13, 1971 recording session “Good Lovin'” became her only #1 hit during that year. For my money that single and 1970’s “He Loves Me All The Way” rank among her finer uptempo efforts.

    The 1991 George Strait hit has one of the most clever tongue-in-cheek country lyrics ever composed. The line “….she tells her friends I’m perfect and that I love her cat…” always cracks me up.

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