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Week ending 5/4/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

Hawkshaw-Hawkins1953 (Sales): Kaw-Liga — Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Jukebox):Your Cheatin’ Heart — Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): Your Cheatin’ Heart — Hank Williams (MGM)

1963: Lonesome 7-7203 — Hawkshaw Hawkins (King)

1973: Behind Closed Doors — Charlie Rich (Epic)

1983: You’re The First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving — Reba McEntire (Mercury)

1993: Alibis — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

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

2013: Cruise — Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

2013 (Airplay): Downtown — Lady Antebellum (Capitol)

One response to “Week ending 5/4/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis May 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Some great songs this week in history – nothing needs to be said about “Your Cheatin’ Heart” except that it seems odd to think of it as the B side of the record.

    “Lonesome 7-7203” was the only #1 record for Hawkshaw Hawkins – it was released on March 2, 1963, only three days before he died in the same plane crash that also killed the great Cowboy Copas ad rising star Patsy Cline

    “Behind Closed Doors” was the first of nine #1 records for the 41 year old Charlie Rich; however, the real breakthrough at country radio was the single immediately prior, “I Take It On Home” which reached #6. Charlie’s recording career started with the legendary Sun label just slightly after the likes of Cash, Presley, Perkins, etc . His Sun album LONELY WEEKENDS WITH CHARLIE RICH reached #22 on Billboards all-genre album chart and he had several pop hits during the 1960s one of which, “Mohair Sam”, sold 500,000 copies

    “You’re The First Time I’ve Thiught ABout Leaving” was Reba’s second #1 and it remains one of my two or three favorite Reba McEntire songs.

    “Alibi’s” was the second of nine #1 singles for Tracy Lawrence – he had a hot streak during the period 1991-1997 with eight #1s and six records that reached #2 before his career cooled off.

    “Downtown” isn’t bad as a stand alone single, but the video that goes with it is a hoot

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