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Week ending 9/24/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

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

1961: Tender Years — George Jones (Mercury)

1971: The Year Clayton Delaney Died — Tom T. Hall (Mercury)

1981: You Don’t Know Me — Mickey Gilley (Epic)

1991: Leap of Faith — Lionel Cartwright (MCA)

2001: What I Really Meant To Say — Cyndi Thomson (Capitol)

2011: Barefoot Blue Jean Night — Jake Owen (RCA)

6 responses to “Week ending 9/24/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Treedy September 25, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I had totally forgotten about Leap Of Faith! One listen took me right back to my childhood!

  2. Ken Johnson September 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Tom T. Hall became one of my favorite singer/songwriters from his very first Mercury recordings in the late 1960’s. His unique writing and singing style stood in stark contrast to many of the slick over-produced and cliche-filled songs coming out of Nashville at that time. The characters in his songs seemed to leap right off of the turntable. I eagerly awaited each new single and album from the man who soon became known as “The Storyteller.” Unfortunately the country record-buying fans did not initially share my passion for Tom T’s recordings as his early album sales were rather lackluster. After scoring four top ten single hits plus one number one record during 1969 & 1970 Tom T. hit a dry spell. His next three singles including a duet with Dave Dudley all failed to crack the top ten. This brilliant song based on his Kentucky boyhood memories of a local musician put his career right back on track. The song was included on the album “In Seach Of A Song” that featured some of his very best songwriting and became his first top-ten album. The British “Hux” label reissued that LP as a “two-fer” with the 1973 album “The Rhymer And Other Five And Dimers” in 2005. Essential listening in my book.

    “You Don’t Know Me” was co-written by Cindy Walker & Eddy Arnold. Surprisingly
    Eddy’s wonderful 1956 original version just barely made the top ten. Ray Charles made the song into a #2 pop hit in 1962 as the follow-up to “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Gilley’s overproduced version borrowed more from Ray Charles bluesy interpretation than Eddy Arnold’s folksy, acoustic rendition. I like Eddy’s original best.

    • Occasional Hope September 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      I rather like Emmylou Harris’s later cover of ‘You Don’t Know Me’.

    • Paul W Dennis September 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      I agree – Eddy’s version (as originally recorded) is the best version but it came out during a relatively cold interlude in Eddy’s career (56-64) . I also liked the Ray Charles cover but GIlley’s cover did nothing for me and Emmylou’s voice isn’t strong enough to handle the song.

      Tom T Hall was one of my facorites of the late 60s to mis 70s, although after 1976 I think thge quality of his material deteriorated

      I’d almost forgotten about Cyndi Thompson (I liked her album) and if I were to forget about Jake Owen, that would be okay with me

  3. Ben Foster September 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love the Celtic-influenced sound of “What I Really Meant to Say.” Always enjoyed that song. It’s too bad we didn’t get to hear more from Cyndi Thomson.

    “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”… Ick.

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