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Week ending 10/8/11: #1 albums this week in country music history

1966: David Houston – Almost Persuaded (Epic)

1971: Ray Price – I Won’t Mention It Again (Columbia)

1976: Linda Ronstadt – Hasten Down The Wind (Asylum)

1981: Eddie Rabbitt – Step By Step (Warner Brothers)

1986: Janie Fricke – Black and White (CBS)

1991: Garth Brooks – Ropin’ The Wind (Capitol)

1996: LeAnn Rimes – Blue (Curb)

2001: Martina McBride – Greatest Hits (RCA)

2006: Kenny Chesney – Live Those Songs Again (BNA)

2011: Lady Antebellum – Own The Night (Capitol)

6 responses to “Week ending 10/8/11: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Treedy October 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    According to the billboard site and all music Janie Fricke’s black and white only went to number 3. It was her highest charting album but not a number 1. BTW love the record esp. Always have, Always will!

  2. J.R. Journey October 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Joel Whitburn credits it with being the #1 country album for the week of October 4, 1986. And I agree, it’s a really good album.

  3. Ken Johnson October 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “Black & White” did indeed rank as the #1 Billboard country album for Janie this week in 1986. It was her only #1 country album. No surprise that it sold so well as it contained one of her biggest (and last) number one single hits “Always Have, Always Will.” This was the first album and single that spelled her last name “Frickie.” After recording for Columbia Records for nearly ten years she reportedly grew tired of having her last name mispronounced as “Frick” on award shows and other events especially those involving non-country music entertainers who were not familiar with her name. The phonetic revision was an effort to change that situation. Years later she reverted back to the original spelling.

    Rather sad that the #1 albums for 1966 and 1971 are not now, nor have they ever been available on CD. Perhaps one day one of the reissue labels will rectify that as Sony seems content to allow these great LP’s to languish in their vaults along with thousands of others.

    Though it is not one my favorite albums, “Hasten Down The Wind” ranks as one of my all-time favorite album covers. Linda Ronstadt is one of the few artists to pull off a version of “Crazy” that can rival the Patsy Cline classic. The fans loved it and it earned Linda a top ten country single hit, the only version besides Patsy’s 1961 recording to hold that distinction.

    • Paul W Dennis October 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      HASTEN DOWN THE is my favorite Ronstadt album (aside from those she cut with Nelson Riddle) , a solid 4 star effort with the second best version of “Crazy”

      Unfortunately many big country albums from the 60s and 70s have never seen the light of day in digital form. Of the big stars of that era, David Houston has been the most poorly served by his former label. Even minor stars like Dottie West and Nat Stuckey have had better representation on CD

      • J.R. Journey October 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        I’d have to look it up to be sure, but either Hasten Down The Wind or Simple Dreams was Ronstadt’s first album to win John Kosh the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover.

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