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Week ending 3/2/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

Lorrie+Morgan1953 (Sales): Kaw-Liga — Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Jukebox): Kaw-Liga — Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): No Help Wanted — The Carlisles (Mercury)

1963: Don’t Let Me Cross Me Over — Carl Butler & Pearl (Columbia)

1973: Rated X — Loretta Lynn (Decca)

1983: Why Baby Why — Charley Pride (RCA)

1993: What Part of No — Lorrie Morgan (BNA)

2003: The Baby — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

2013: Wanted — Hunter Hayes (Atlantic)

2013 (Airplay): Better Dig Two — The Band Perry (Republic Nashville)

5 responses to “Week ending 3/2/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo March 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    wow…”What Part of No” went to #1 20 years ago this week. That was the song that got me into country music in the first place. After that, there was no looking back.

  2. Paul W Dennis March 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    “Why Baby Why” charted so mny times that it’s ridiculous
    1955 – George Jone #4 (George co-wrote the song)
    1956 – Webb Pierce & Red Sovine #1 (released less than two months after George’s recording)
    1956 – Hank Locklin #9
    1961 – Warren Smith & Shirley Collie #23 (Shirlie was one of Willie Nelson’s ex-wives)
    1978 – Jerry Inman #95
    1983 – Charley Pride #1
    1990 – The Good Brothers (#20 on the Canadian Country chart)
    1993 – Palamino Road #46

    It’s about time for the song to be resurrected again

    “Rated X” was a bit lucky to make it to #1 – it lost airplay because some stations wouldn’t play the song at all, or it would show up only in the countdown shows

    • Razor X March 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Rated X is not one of Loretta’s better songs IMO.

    • Ben Foster March 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Shame that Patty Loveless’ version of “Why Baby Why” from Sleepless Nights didn’t chart, albeit unsurprising. Her version is a personal favorite of mine along with Jones’ original, though it’s a great song regardless of who sings it. I haven’t heard all of the versions Paul mentions, but those I haven’t heard I intend to check out. I agree that it’s time someone revived the song once again.

      I love “Rated X.” I think it’s a great example of the unique perspective and unflinching honesty evident in Lynn’s songwriting, though it’s easy to see why it raised the ire of the politically correct crowd.

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