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Week ending 3/3/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

1952: Wondering — Webb Pierce (Decca)

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

1972: It’s Four In The Morning — Faron Young (Mercury)

1982: Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good — Don Williams (MCA)

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

2002: Good Morning Beautiful — Steve Holy (Curb)

2012: You Gonna Fly — Keith Urban (Capitol)

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

  1. Ken Johnson March 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Webb Pierce’s most successful period of his career begins with this recording. During most of the 1950’s Billboard had three separate country charts. Webb topped the “Most Played By Disc Jockeys” survey for 4 weeks with this song from his native Louisiana that dated back to the 1930’s. It was recorded at Castle Studio in Nashville on August 13, 1951 with a band that included Grady Martin & Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland on guitars, the great Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Owen Bradley on keyboards. Released in September 1951 it was Webb’s third Decca single. However like his first two releases it too failed to chart so Decca released yet another single. That fourth record proved unsuccessful as well but during the first week of 1951 “Wondering” suddenly picked up enough support to debut on the country chart and ultimately climbed to #1 during the first week in March 1952. In the Billboard year-end survey of songs for 1952 “Wondering” ranked #7.

    During the next five years every single record Webb released (except for a spiritual song) would hit the top ten or better. Due to his overwhelming popularity most of his singles charted BOTH sides and by the end of 1956 Webb had accumuated a total of 30 hit songs!

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