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Week ending 1/21/12: #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: Carolyn — Merle Haggard (Capitol)

1982: I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World — Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1992: Love, Me — Collin Raye (Epic)

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

2012: Let It Rain — David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA)

3 responses to “Week ending 1/21/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis January 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Pretty good group of songs except the 2012 entry which is essentially a rock ballad posing as country music – a typlical snore of it’s kind. The song isn’t bad, just uninteresting and Sarah Buxton is wasted on it

    Carolyn (written by Tommy Collins) was something defferent for the Hag. Johnny Paycheck also did a nice cover of the song on his wonderful MR HAG TOLD MY STORY album

  2. Ken Johnson January 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    As I recall “Carolyn” was released as a single thanks to it’s popularity as an album track from Haggard’s “Someday We’ll Look Back” LP. Produced by Earl Ball (who also produced Hag’s 1970 Bob Will tribute album) “Carolyn” was a song that Merle initially resisted recording because he felt that it was not “country” enough. Writer Tommy Collins made a personal plea to Merle to record the song and when long-time Haggard confidante Lewis Talley added his endorsement Hag agreed. Overdubbed strings with a full chorus made this one of Haggard’s most heavily produced singles to date. It also became one of his most successful singles remaining at #1 for three weeks. “Carolyn” also delivered Tommy Collins his first #1 hit as a songwriter.

    Gotta admit that even as a die-hard Haggard fan I was not very fond of “Carolyn” the first time that I heard it as an album cut during the fall of 1971. Due to its rather unusual melody and lyric structure it was one of those songs that you have to hear a few times to really “get it.” One of Merle’s finest performances.

    The Ronnie Milsap single was his 19th #1 hit. Milsap scored at least one #1 record every year from 1974 until 1989.

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