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Week ending 8/24/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

Doug+Stone1953 (Sales): Hey Joe!— Carl Smith (Columbia)

1953 (Jukebox): It’s Been So Long — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1953 (Disc Jockeys): It’s Been So Long — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1963: Ring of Fire — Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1973: Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man — Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn (MCA)

1983: Love Song — The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA)

1993: Why Didn’t I Think Of That — Doug Stone (Epic)

2003: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere — Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett (Arista)

2013: Cruise — Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

2013 (Airplay): Don’t Ya — Brett Eldredge (Atlantic)

4 responses to “Week ending 8/24/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis August 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Other than the 2013 entries (“Cruise” is mediocre at best, and I haven’t heard Bret Eldredge’s song yet), this is a good set of songs. “Love Song” marked about the halfway point in what would prove to be a twelve year long hot streak for the Oak Ridge Boys.

    • Razor X August 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      You are being very charitable calling “Cruise” mediocre. I never heard Carl Smith’s version of “Hey Joe!” before. I was previously only familiar with the version that Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley did, which was called, “Hey Moe, Hey Joe!” I never realized that they weren’t the original artists.

      • Paul W Dennis August 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Carl Smith has been largely forgotten but I’d rank him in my top ten as far as having a good quality male voices with character.

      • Luckyoldsun August 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

        “Hey Joe” was also a pop hit for Frankie Laine–#1 in the U.K. for several weeks.

        Moe Bandy said that when Moe and Joe were hot, Conway Twitty approached him and said: “I have song for you guys to cut–Carl Smith’s “Hey, Joe.” And Moe told him, “We just cut it.” They had even gotten Boudleaux Bryant, himself to tweak the lyrics for the duet. But Conway liked to (jokingly) take credit for it.

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