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Week ending 1/28/12: #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: Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night — Conway Twitty (MCA)

1992: Sticks and Stones — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

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

2012: Drink In My Hand — Eric Church (EMI Nashville)

2 responses to “Week ending 1/28/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson January 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    “Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night” was a rare up-tempo hit for Conway as most of his hits were generally ballads or medium tempo songs. Released as the follow-up to “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” this record marked his departure from MCA records. He began his contract on their Decca imprint with producer Owen Bradley in 1965. Conway left MCA in late 1981 for the Elektra label and by the time this single was released in October Conway was already recording an album for his new label. The week after “Red Neckin'” hit #1 his brand new Elektra single “The Clown” debuted on the charts. MCA released two more Conway singles in 1982 but neither was successful. Elektra was absorbed into Warner Brothers one year later where Conway continued to record until he returned to MCA in 1987.

  2. luckyoldsun January 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    This is a fairly unusual week in that every one of the songs is from a major artist and is significant to country music history. “Nature” is Carl Smith’s first No. 1 and a good example of his Hank Williams-Ray Price sound. “Walk On” was LVD’s only No. 1 and was a record-setter. “Carolyn” and “Red Neckin'” are from two of country’s greatest stars of all-time and were outside of their usual stylings. “Sticks and Stones” was Tracy Lawrence’s debut single and set him up as one of the decade’s core artists. “Where Were You” is obviously a unique song from one of the top artists of the era. And “Drink” is the first No.1 for Church, who seems to be developing into a substantive hard-core, hard-country artist.

    I don’t recall another week like this one, with no throwaways!

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