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Week ending 6/8/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

jimreeves1953 (Sales) (tie):
Mexican Joe — Jim Reeves (Abbott)
Take These Chains From My Heart — Hank Williams (MGM)

1953 (Jukebox): Mexican Joe — Jim Reeves (Abbott)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): Mexican Joe — Jim Reeves (Abbott)

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

1973: Satin Sheets — Jeanne Pruett (MCA)

1983: Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will) — Waylon Jennings (RCA)

1993: Should’ve Been A Cowboy — Toby Keith (Mercury)

2003: I Believe — Diamond Rio (Arista)

2013: Cruise — Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

2013 (Airplay): Wagon Wheel — Darius Rucker (Capitol)

6 responses to “Week ending 6/8/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. J.R. Journey June 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    This is probably a dumb question, but how do two songs tie for #1, even on a sales chart? Wouldn’t the jukebox and radio action for “Mexican Joe” give it the edge? And did this happen often back then? I can’t recall it ever happening in the modern era.

    • Razor X June 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      There is probably some complex tie-breaking formula nowadays to prevent that from happening, but I don’t think there are any purely sales-based singles charts anymore. The charts are compiled according to a combination of purchased downloads, airplay and streaming so it’s highly unlikely that we’d see any ties nowadays.

      • Ken Johnson June 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        It’s difficult to fully understand the mindset of those preparing trade magazine music charts 60 years ago. You cannot look at it from today’s “instant info” perspective. It was a simpler time devoid of electronic monitoring or computers. Their goal was to provide the music/radio/jukebox industry with some type of barometer of what records were most popular. Unlike the ridiculous comment about these vintage charts that is contained in another post here (typical of the ignorant comments that this person usually offers without citing ANY sources – he must just make it up!) the folks compiling the music charts for Billboard back in the day truly made an honest effort to obtain accurate reports from retail stores, radio stations and jukebox operators. Reports were gathered via telephone or mailed in to the trade magazine. If you inspect the actual charts from those years the “reporting period” actually lagged behind the cover date of the magazine by a week or two to accommodate the time it took to compile each week’s info.

        Songs tying at #1 did not occur that frequently but at the time those in charge of the charts did not see a problem with that. If that week’s information created a statistical tie then they were ranked as such. Songs also tied for lower chart positions too. For instance there could be two songs ranked at #7 followed by song #9. Eventually “tiebreakers” became part of the methodology and records no longer shared the same slot.

        The biggest problem with charts pre-1958 was their brevity. Because charts only contained 10-15 records many songs missed the charts despite having significant popularity.

        • Luckyoldsun June 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

          The guy who was deeply offended by Alan Jackson singing “I’ll be the s-o-b” is also scandalized by the suggestion that journalists of the pre-“Mad Men” era tended to get a lot of their material while knocking back drinks with the people they covered. I better not tell him that it’s common knowledge, recounted in numerous memoirs.

        • Ken Johnson June 11, 2013 at 11:56 pm

          Regarding Alan Jackson, I was never “deeply offended” just disappointed. (you see you have a tendency to misquote things)

          Please quote the memoir(s) for us where you read that Billboard Magazine tabulated their charts in the manner that you describe. I am not familiar with your so-called “common knowledge” about the practice. You seldom support your comments with facts but seem to resent anyone who can.

  2. Luckyoldsun June 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Nowadays, the charts (presumably) rely on computerized/ Soundscan sales figures and computerized monitoring of radio stations. Back in the ’50s, it was put together by a guy with a pencil and a ledger (who didn’t even have a calculator) and who made phone calls to some of his contacts and met a some of his other ones over scotches or martinis. How accurate were they? I think it varied from time to time.

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