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Week ending 2/4/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

1952: Give Me More, More, More of Your Kisses — Lefty Frizzell (Columbia)

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

1972: Carolyn — Merle Haggard (Capitol)

1982: The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) — Juice Newton (Capitol)

1992: A Jukebox With a Country Song — Doug Stone (Epic)

2002: Good Morning Beautiful — Steve Holy (Curb)

2012: I Don’t Want This Night to End — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

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4 responses to “Week ending 2/4/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis February 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I actually purchaswed Steve Holy’s BLUE MOON album in February 2001 as a cut-out. Curb had released three singles that failed to hit the top twenty. “Good Morning Beautiful” was the last track on the CD. As I listened to it, I found myself wondering why Curb hadn’t promoted that song to radio as it struck me as a sure-fire hit, albeit a verry sappy song. Apparently some DJs wondered the same thing as a few months later I started hearing the song on radio

    This week’s #1 by Luke Bryan is nothing special but it’s not bad, either

    “Juke Box With A Country Song” is one of my favorite songs of the last twenty years. Doug Stone is a great live performer and a mean guitar picker

    I’ve seen Juice Newton perform “The Sweetest Thing” acoustically – just one guitar – I wish she’d record that version

  2. Ken Johnson February 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Love just about anything Lefty Frizzell sings. Unfortunately this song would mark the apex of his hit-making career. Afterwards he scored just a few more top-ten hits. His final #1 record came twelve years later with “Saginaw, Michigan.”

    This was Juice Newton’s second go-round with this song. She had first recorded it with her group “Silver Spur” for RCA Victor in 1975 but it failed to chart. For the original release of her 1981 “Juice” album, Juice Newton had recorded a very country sounding version of “The Sweetest Thing” featuring a very prominent steel guitar. After the pop success of her singles “Angel Of The Morning,” and “Queen Of Hearts,” Capitol ordered a remix of that recording primarily to appeal to pop radio. The beautiful steel guitar licks were covered up with an oboe and extremely loud and intense orchestration. That harder version was released as the single and eventually replaced the steel guitar version on all subsequent pressings of the “Juice” album. Too bad because that steel guitar arrangement was superb and seemed to fit the lyrics much better. Some country radio stations played the steel guitar version from the original LP release rather than the single remix.

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