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Week ending 8/4/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

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

1962: Wolverton Mountain — Claude King (Columbia)

1972: It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer — Charley Pride (RCA)

1982: I Don’t Care — Ricky Skaggs (Epic)

1992: Boot Scootin’ Boogie — Brooks & Dunn (Arista)

2002: The Good Stuff — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

2012: 5-1-5-0 — Dierks Bentley (Capitol)

One response to “Week ending 8/4/12: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken Johnson August 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Hank Thompson began August 1952 with a triple play once again topping all three Billboard county charts with “The Wild Side Of Life.” Hank and his band The Brazos Valley Boys were a hot property thanks to the career record that after almost 5 months on the charts was still going strong. His subsequent Capitol single “Waitin’ In The Lobby Of Your Heart” continued to rank inside the top ten on all three surveys too.

    Claude King maintained his #1 status with the nation’s most popular country single for a sixth week in 1962. “Wolverton Mountain” was a game changer that also brought him fame a pop performer when the record hit the top ten on the Hot 100 pop chart. Claude performed the song on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and on rock & roll concert packages where he shared the stage with pop acts like Connie Francis and Bobby Vee.

    In 1972 Charley Pride spent a second week at the top with his 9th number one hit “It’s Gonna Be A Little Bit Longer.” Pride was accompanied on his previous single by Henry Mancini who also arranged and co-wrote the song “All His Children” that was included on the soundtrack of the Paul Newman movie “Sometimes A Great Notion.” The single was issued Charley’s follow-up to “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” which had been his biggest pop success peaking at #21. The gospel flavored “All His Children” was a disappointment on that front peaking at a lowly #92 on the Hot 100 pop chart. The song stalled at #2 on the country survey held out of the top spot by Freddie Hart’s “My Hang Up Is You.”

    Ricky Skaggs was at the forefront of what would become country music’s “New Traditionalist” movement. His bluegrass music roots and respect for country music’s rich past made him a favorite with older country fans as well as the brand new fans dominating the genre in the early 1980’s Urban Cowboy era. Two of his early singles had previously been recorded by bluegrass superstars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs – “Don’t Get Above Your Raising,” (1951) Ricky’s debut single for Epic Records in early 1981 and “Crying My Heart Out Over You” (1959) that became Ricky’s first number one hit in April 1982. Ricky’s fourth Epic single was a revival of a 1955 Webb Pierce classic. “I Don’t Care” was written by Cindy Walker with Webb contributing only the title earning him the co-writing credit. One of Webb’s biggest hits it topped all three country charts for 12 weeks in 1955. Thirty years ago this week Ricky Skaggs returned the song to #1. Webb paid Ricky the ultimate compliment stating that he thought Skaggs version of the song was better than his own.

    The first “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” single release was as the “B” side of Brooks & Dunn’s second #1 hit “My Next Broken Heart.” But popular demand forced the song onto the “A” side of their 4th Arista single. Ronnie Dunn wrote the song while he was still living back in Oklahoma and it was first recorded as an album track by Asleep At The Wheel. For better or for worse the song added fuel to the early ‘90’s Hot Country dance craze as clubs featuring country line-dancing sprang up across the U.S.A. and the duo’s song inspired its own custom-made dance. Twenty years ago this week “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” began a four week stay at #1.

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