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Week ending 4/14/12: #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: Big City — Merle Haggard (Epic)

1992: She Is His Only Need — Wynonna (MCA/Curb)

2002: I Breathe In, I Breathe Out — Chris Cagle (Virgin Nashville)

2012: Alone With You — Jake Owen (RCA)

3 responses to “Week ending 4/14/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ben Foster April 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I was just listening to “She Is His Only Need” last night. Beautiful song.

  2. Ken Johnson April 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Carl Smith’s total domination of the #1 position on all three Billboard country charts continued for a third week in 1952. “Don’t Just Stand There” began it’s third week at #1 on the “disc Jockey” survey and nudged out his previous single to seize the top spot on the “most played on Jukeboxes” chart. His previous single “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” began it’s 6th (and final week) atop the “best selling” survey. While enjoying all of this chart success Carl returned to the Castle Studio in Nashville for two sessions on April 9 & 11. FiancĂ© June Carter, her sisters Helen & Anita and Mother Maybelle Carter accompanied Carl on eight inspirational recordings. Released initially as four individual records the songs were compiled into one ten inch Columbia album “Softly And Tenderly” in 1954. Some of the best country gospel music ever recorded.

    Following five years with MCA Records Merle Haggard moved to Epic Records in 1981. Though many of his MCA recordings received critical acclaim his chart performance for his albums and singles had declined considerably from his glory days with Capitol. His first Epic single “My Favorite Memory” returned him to the #1 position in November 1981. The title track of his debut Epic album “Big City” was a bit unusual for Haggard because it used a shuffle beat. Merle had never recorded a shuffle because he had grown tired of playing them nightly in dance clubs at the dawn of his professional career. Written by Merle and his friend Dean Holloway the topic of the little guy trying to get ahead to no avail while “there’s folks who never work but they’ve got plenty” struck a populist chord. (Sound familiar?) The U.S. was enduring difficult economic times during the early 1980’s with a significant recession that peaked in late 1982. In the context of anemic Urban Cowboy era country music the twin-fiddle intro kicked off by Tiny Moore & Jimmy Belkin hit listeners with a breath of fresh air. This ranks as one of Merle’s all-time finest recordings in my book.

    Sorry but after the Judd’s innovative style & music my attitude toward Wynonna’s solo efforts is why bother.

    • Razor X April 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

      The Wynonna song isn’t bad but it is a bit dull. I thought her first solo album was quite good, though not as good as her work with The Judds. After that, it was all downhill, though. I bought the second album, which wasn’t very country but still wasn’t bad. But I rapidly lost interest in her music after that.

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