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Week ending 4/6/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

lynn_anderson21953 (Sales): Kaw-Liga — Hank Williams (MGM)

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

1953 (Disc Jockeys): Kaw-Liga — Hank Williams (MGM)

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

1973: Keep Me In Mind — Lynn Anderson (Columbia)

1983: When I’m Away From You — The Bellamy Brothers (Elektra/Curb)

1993: When My Ship Comes In — Clint Black (RCA)

2003: Have You Forgotten? — Darryl Worley (DreamWorks)

2013: Sure Be Cool If You Did — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

2013 (Airplay): Sure Be Cool If You Did — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

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2 responses to “Week ending 4/6/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis April 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Good set of newcomers this week

    “Keep Me In Mind was Lynn Anderson’s fourth Billboard #1 (7th #1 if you include Record World and Cashbox). She would have only one more chart topper but several more songs that would reach the top four

    “When I’m Away From Your” was the Bellamy’s seventh #1 record. While many of their songs fell into the novelty or semi-novelty categories, thus was just a good song penned by Frankie Miller.

    “When My Ship Comes In” was #1 for a second (and final) week and was among the best songs that Black and his partner-in-crime Hayden Nicholas ever penned

    “Have You Forgotten” Was Darryl Worley’s biggest hit, hanging onto the #1 slot for seven weeks. It was a fairly controversial song – conservatives and moderates loved it, liberals tended to hate it – but the song was timely and said things that many of us were thinking

    • Ken Johnson April 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

      I don’t recall Daryll Worley’s song being controversial nor being despised by liberals. Released two years after 9/11 the song pointed out the short attention span that America as a whole has rather than an indictment of one single political faction. The fact that it was a multiple week #1 hit demonstrated a broad base of support from listeners of all political persuasions. A highly polarized song would not have generated that type of long lasting success. That song fits into the same category as Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning” that also had universal appeal.

      Unlike what you hear from crazy right-wing talk radio show hosts not everyone who may consider themself a liberal is anti-American and unpatriotic. The opinions of most Americans are far more nuanced and contain views from across the political spectrum. I hosted a radio talk show for a time and found a diverse mixture of thoughts and opinions. Folks who were quite conservative on some topics were rather liberal on others. The two universal truths I found was: 1) neither side was correct all of the time, and 2) nobody hated America.

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