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Week ending 4/28/12: #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: Charlie’s Shoes — Billy Walker (Columbia)

1972: Chantilly Lace — Jerry Lee Lewis (Mercury)

1982: Crying My Heart Out Over You — Ricky Skaggs (Epic)

1992: There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio — Aaron Tippin (RCA)

2002: My List — Toby Keith (DreamWorks Nashville)

2012: Drink On It — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

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7 responses to “Week ending 4/28/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis April 29, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I’m not sure why you have a photo of Charlie Walker posted, but Billy Walker’s “Charlie’s Shoes” was a very good recording and the only Billboard #1 for a fine artist who sounded too much like Marty Robbins for his own good

    • Razor X April 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

      I think I must have typed in Charlie Walker by mistake when i did a Google Image search to find a picture. Yesterday was a long day and I was pretty tired when I put the piece together. Anyway, it’s fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.

    • luckyoldsun April 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I’d bet that both Billy Walker and Charlie Walker were confused for each other more times than either of them could count, given the substantial overlap in their careers and that Billy Walker’s bigggest hit was “Charlie’s Shoes.” Charlie probably got some royalty checks for that song.

      I’ll take Charlie Walker over Billy, though I see that Billy had a lot more hits.

      • Ken Johnson April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

        Not true. There was never any confusion back in the day. Two singers with completely different sounds & styles Their only similarity was their last name..

  2. Ken Johnson April 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

    For a fifth consecutive week in 1952 Carl Smith topped all three country charts. “Don’t Just Stand There” began a second week atop the Best Seller survey and a fifth week ruling the Disc Jockey chart. Meanwhile Carl’s previous single “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” remained number one on the Jukebox chart.

    Billy’s Walker’s biggest hit can be credited to a set of very lucky circumstances. Billy had been planning to record Willie Nelson’s song “Crazy” when producer Owen Bradley requested that the publisher allow Patsy Cline to have it. Billy agreed to release his hold on the song and in return acquired a clever song titled “Charlie Shoes” composed by little known Alabama songwriter Roy Baham. Billy later learned that Hank Cochran had actually re-written the song although Hank chose not to accept a writing credit. In April 1961 Billy recorded the song using a typical early 1960’s arrangement with a steel guitar lead and a shuffle beat. While Billy was on tour a disc jockey asked him to sing a preview of his next single record. The only available instrument was a ukulele so Billy strummed “Charlie’s Shoes” while whistling the melody. The deejay insisted that the song could be a big hit if Billy re-recorded it using that unique arrangement. Producer Don Law agreed and Billy returned to the studio on November 20, 1961 to whistle the catchy melody as Grady Martin picked the ukulele. That second recording became Billy Walker’s first and only number one country hit.

    After making the transition from rock & roll to country music in the late 1960’s Jerry Lee Lewis made a diligent effort to record music (at least for his single releases) that would be easily accepted by the country music audience. His country singles were either ballads or mid-tempo songs. But the audience for country music during that era was changing as many 1950’s rock & rollers were becoming country music fans. Near the end of a January 14, 1972 recording session Jerry Lewis unexpectedly improvised a new arrangement of the 1958 Big Bopper rock & roll classic “Chantilly Lace.” Jerry personalized the song with his nickname in the spoken intro and then turned it into a jam session lasting for almost eight minutes. The one and only take of the song was edited down to less than three minutes for a single that was rush-released just a few weeks later. The record earned Jerry his biggest country hit when it remained #1 for three weeks. “Think About It Darlin’” was recorded earlier at that same session and was issued as the flip side to “Chantilly Lace.” Written by Jerry Foster & Bill Rice the song was inspired by an ad-lib Jerry Lee had tagged onto the end of his previous single, “Would You Take Another Chance On Me.” “Think About It Darlin'” also received substantial airplay and shared the #1 position with “Chantilly Lace” as a “tag-along” B side.

    Ricky Skaggs was at the forefront of what would become country music’s New Traditionalist movement during the 1980’s. Signed to Epic Records in 1980 his debut Epic single “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin” (#16 in 1981) was a remake of a Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs bluegrass favorite. After his second single “You May See Me Walkin’” (#9 in 1981) broke him into the top ten for the first time, Ricky returned to the Flatt & Scruggs catalog once again. “Crying My Heart Out Over You” peaked at #21 in 1960 for Flatt & Scruggs. It became Ricky’s very first number one country hit thirty years ago this week.

  3. J.R. Journey April 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This is the first time since you started compiling these that this year’s entry ranks as my favorite song.

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