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Week ending 6/9/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

1952: The Wild Side of Life — Hank Thompson (Capitol)

1962: She Thinks I Still Care — George Jones (United Artists)

1972: The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA — Donna Fargo (Dot)

1982: Finally — T.G.Sheppard (Warner Bros./Curb)

1992: Achy Breaky Heart — Billy Ray Cyrus (Mercury)

2002: Drive (For Daddy Gene) — Alan Jackson (Arista)

2012: Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck — Kip Moore (MCA)

One response to “Week ending 6/9/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson June 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

    When songs achieve multiple weeks at #1 on the chart it demonstrates the great popularity of that song. However it also denies access to the #1 position for some very worthy contenders.

    During Hank Thompson’s 15 week reign at the top with “The Wild Side Of Life,” two other great records had to settle for the #2 position. Hank Williams’ classic “Half As Much” waited in the wings for two weeks at #2 before dropping back. Then “Almost” by George Morgan spent a total of 6 weeks in the second place slot. Even though it did not become a #1 record, thanks to a 23 week chart run “Almost” earned rank as the #9 song on the 1952 year-end Billboard country chart.

    While George Jones was occupying the top position for six weeks in 1962 with “She Thinks I Still Care” he held back a strong challenge from Jim Reeves. “Adios Amigo.” was ultimately relegated to second place for a total of 9 weeks and amassed a chart run totaling 21 weeks. “Adios Amigo” ranked #5 on Billboard’s 1962 year end chart.

    Fresh faced Donna Fargo was the major breakthrough country act of 1972. A North Carolina native she was far from an overnight success. Born Yvonne Vaughn in Mount Airy, Donna spent many years honing her musical craft in the California country music scene while working as an English teacher. Recordings released for small record labels failed to hit but Donna continued to pursue her dreams. A song composed one evening in front of her fireplace reflecting the love that she had for her husband supercharged her career. Produced by her husband Stan Silver the record was released on the Dot label. “The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.” became a #1 hit for three weeks on the country chart and climbed to #11 on the pop survey.

    T.G. Sheppard became a country star in 1975 when his debut single for the Melodyland label “Devil In A Bottle” hit #1. His follow-up single “Tryin’ To Beat The Morning Home” also topped the chart but subsequent releases were rather inconsistent. He scored several more top ten hits but just as many other records did not even come close. T.G. returned to #1 with “Last Cheater’s Waltz” in 1979 for the Warner Brothers/Curb label and went on to score ten more number one hits during the next the next five years. “Finally” was part of that string. Written by gospel singer Gary Chapman the song was created as a religious song. But T.G. believed the lyrics could also be perceived as a love song and the listener could make their own connotation. His fans made the song his 10th number one hit.

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