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Week ending 2/25/12: #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: It’s Four In The Morning — Faron Young (Mercury)

1982: Only One You — T.G. Sheppard (Warner Bros./Curb)

1992: What She’s Doing Now — Garth Brooks (Capitol)

2002: Good Morning Beautiful — Steve Holy (Curb)

2012: All Your Life — The Band Perry (Republic Nashville)

5 responses to “Week ending 2/25/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson February 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Faron Young returned to the #1 position 40 years ago this week following an 11 year absence. His previous #1 hit was “Hello Walls” for Capitol Records in 1961. Faron joined Mercury records in 1963 after a successful decade with Capitol. His tenure with Mercury resulted in consistent chart appearances that included more than a dozen top ten singles but none made it all the way to the top until this one. Unfortunuately it did not set the stage for for greater success as Faron scored just 3 more top ten Mercury hits over the next two years before his major hitmaking days concluded. Too bad because his voice remained strong and vibrant through the 1980’s but the “new country” audience just wasn’t interested.

  2. Paul W Dennis February 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    That’s true for the Billboard charts but Cashbox and Record World both had Faron’s records reach #1. Ken, I know you don’t hold Cashbox in high esteem but Faron seemed to score his bigger success during this period with Record World charts

    #1 Cashbox
    Yellow Bandana (1963)

    #1 Record World
    Wine Me Up (1969)
    If I Ever Fall In Love With A Honky-Tonk Girl (1970)
    Step Aside (1971)
    Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye (1971)

    Faron’s renaissance on Mercury really caught stride when he quit trying for pop hits and just started recording good country songs. The first bloom came with 1968’s “I Just Came To Get My Baby” and twelve of the next fourteen singles would reach Billboard’s top ten – this following a stretch in which fourteen of seventeen singles failed to reach Billboard’s top ten. I think Billboard was late in discovering the roll Faron was experiencing at the time

    I never was “new country” (you could never describe someone who listens to Asher Sizemore and Little Jimmie with those terms) but frankly I thought the material Faron recorded for MCA just wasn’t all that interesting. Even the later Mercury material wasn’t that good – the last Faron Young single that I really liked was “Here I Am In Dallas”. I purchased most of Faron’s MCA albums but none of them were as good throughout as those killer late 60s-early 70s albums on Mercury. I really wish someone would reissue the albums OCCASIONAL WIFE, STEP ASIDE and LEAVIN’ AND SAYIN’ GOODBYE intact. You almost could fit all three on a single CD

    • luckyoldsun February 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Faron’s “Wine Me Up” and “Your Time’s Coming” were about the best honky-tonk 1-2 combination that anybody ever delivered. They certainly blew away the “Smoky the Bar” fluff that the Happy Honky Tonker was putting out.

    • Ken Johnson February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Ever since Bear Family released their box set of Faron’s complete Capitol recordings in 1992 I have hoped that they would reissue his Mercury recordings in like fashion. Twenty years later I’m still waiting. Perhaps you missed it but in 2009 the British Hux label reissued “Here’s Faron Young” & “Occasional Wife” as a two-fer but so far no additional Faron CD’s. (Hopefully not due to a lack of sales) “Step Aside” & “Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye” also get my votes for another two-fer reissue.

      Agreed that after switching to Mercury Faron’s hits were inconsistent and he did not fully recover his momentum until his late 1960’s twin-fiddle honky tonk shuffles. However he still recorded a lot of great music from 1963 to 1967 though a lot of it was buried on albums rather than featured as single releases. As you mentioned it seems that at first Mercury was trying for some kind of a folk/pop/crossover sound with Faron that never really caught fire. Actually his last Capitol singles after “Hello Walls” seemed to be taking his music in a similar direction. When steel guitar & fiddles came back into the mix the hits returned fast & furious.

      No question that Faron’s choice of material was severely lacking as the 1970’s wore on. My comment regarding the country audience’s apathy toward Faron in the “New Country” era should have included the Nashville music industry as well. The suits were not about to furnish good songs or put strong promotional muscle behind a 50-something performer regardless of how good his voice was. His late 1980’s appearances on the Nashville Network with Ralph Emery showed that Faron was still a great singer and entertainer.

      • luckyoldsun February 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Faron was the same age–almost to the hour–as Johnny Cash and they were several months younger than George Jones and about one year older than Wille Nelson.

        The other three remained in the “major leagues” through the 1970s and beyond–Jones and Willie were still played on the radio and Cash was still a national figure with network TV and movie appearances–but Faron did not. (Growing up in the ’70s, I had never heard of Faron Young, but I certainly knew of Cash, Willie and Jones.) Whatever the reasons for his career eclipse, I’d guess that it was one of the causes of his unhappiness.

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