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Week ending 1/14/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

1952: Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way — Carl Smith (Columbia)

1962: Walk On By — Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury)

1972: Would You Take Another Chance on Me — Jerry Lee Lewis (Mercury)

1982: Fourteen Carat Mind — Gene Watson (MCA)

1992: Love, Me — Collin Raye (Epic)

2002: Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) — Alan Jackson (Arista)

2012: Keep Me In Mind — Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground/Atlantic)

9 responses to “Week ending 1/14/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis January 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I like all of this week’s #1s. “Would You Take Another Chance On Me” is probably my favorite JLL song – the flip side “Me and Bobbie McGee” was pushed to pop radio and charted there at #40. I liked JLL’s version better than the Janis Joplin travesty but the best version remains the original recording by Roger Miller (he recorded it before writer Kris Kristofferson)

    “Fourteen Carat Mind” was Gene Watson’s sole #1 on Billboard (he had three more on other major charts and “Love In The Hot Afternoon” would have made another except that it was released on a minor label and had already peaked in several major markets by the time Capitol gave it national release – it went to #1 or #2 in every market) – it is a great song but not his best

    “Walk On By” will be with us until the second week of March – it spent a total of 19 weeks at #1

    “Love, Me” is probably the weakest song on this list, a bit wimpy but I like it anyway

    • Razor X January 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I don’t like “Would You Take another Chance On Me” at all. I wasn’t previously familiar with it; presumably the recording is better than the live performance I linked to but I’m having difficulty comprehending how it ever made it to #1. Then again, I’ve never been much of a Jerry Lee Lewis fan.

      • Paul W Dennis January 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        It was a major problem for JLL that he could not replicate on stage the sound of many of his Mercury country hits. The production on songs such as this one, “Touching Home” and “There Must Be More to Love (Than This)” was rather elaborate. They made really great sounding records but he couldn’t come close to approximating the sound of the recording on stage. Consequently, in later years (after he fell off the country charts) he tended to stick with songs such as “Another Time, Another Place” and “What Made Milwaukee Famous” in his live concerts when augmenting his Sun era hits.

  2. luckyoldsun January 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    “the Janis Joplin travesty …”

    I bet I know what Kris would say:

    “You’re the only one that you are screwing
    when you put down what you don’t understand.”

    • Paul W Dennis January 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Kris made so much money off the Joplin recording that he’d seem like an ingrate to say anything negative about it whether he actually liked it or not

    • Ken Johnson January 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      I agree with Razor X & Paul. Listening to a drug addict scream her brains out is not my idea of great music. Roger Miller’s recording is indeed excellent. Charley Pride’s album version is also quite good.

      Krisofferson once related in an interview that he had a brief “relationship” with Janis Joplin – another reason that he would have no quarrel with her version of his song.

      The Jerry Lee Lewis single was actually a two-sided country hit as many country radio stations simultaneously charted “Me And Bobby McGee.” The Billboard country chart listed that song as a “tagalong” B side ” to “Would You Take Another Chance On Me.” Same thing happened with Jerry Lee’s follow-up single “Chantilly Lace” /”Think About It Darlin.”

    • luckyoldsun January 16, 2012 at 2:31 am

      You folks ever stop and think there might be a reason that Joplin’s version is still being issued and sold and people are still buying and listening to it 40 years after she recorded it?

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