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Week ending 4/7/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

1952: (When You Feel Like You’re In Love)Don’t Just Stand There — Carl Smith (Columbia)

1962: She’s Got You — Patsy Cline (Decca)

1972: My Hang-up Is You — Freddie Hart (Capitol)

1982: Bobbie Sue — The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA)

1992: Is There Life Out There — Reba McEntire (MCA)

2002: Blessed — Martina McBride (RCA)

2012: Alone With You — Jake Owen (RCA)

One response to “Week ending 4/7/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson April 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    During this week in 1952 once again Carl Smith monopolized all 3 Billboard
    Magazine country charts. “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” remained at #1 on the “best selling” & “jukebox” record charts while his new single “Don’t Just Stand There” topped the “disc jockey” survey for a second week.

    While Carl was touring with Ernest Tubb a song written by Jack Henley & Ernest “(When It Feels Like You’re In Love) Don’t Just Stand There” was brought to his attention. Carl recorded it on June 8, 1951 at Castle Studio in Nashville. Two months later on August 4th, Carl returned to that studio to record “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way.” Written by Wayne Raney (who published the song under his wife’s name) that song was released as Carl’s next single while “Don’t Just Stand There” was held back for several months. “Mother Nature” became Carl’s first #1 hit in December 1951 then remained high in the charts through most of the first half of 1952 competing with his next single “Don’t Just Stand There” for the #1 position.

    Failing to score a #1 hit with Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” (it stalled at #2) Patsy turned to one of the men who had co-written her first number one hit for her next single. Hank Cochran had teamed with Harlan Howard for “I Fall To Pieces.” This time Hank created a song by himself in less than 15 minutes then immediately went over to Patsy’s house to sing it for her. Patsy loved the song and recorded it on Sunday evening December 17, 1961. “She’s Got You” remained at #1 for 5 weeks becoming her biggest (and final) number one hit. Years later when Loretta Lynn recorded an entire album of Patsy’s songs she included that song. Loretta’s version of “She’s Got You” hit #1 in 1977.

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