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Week ending 8/31/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

ronnie-mcdowell1953 (Sales): A Dear John Letter — Jean Shepard & Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

1953 (Jukebox): Rub-A-Dub-Dub — Hank Thompson (Capitol)

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

1963: Ring of Fire — Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1973: Everybody’s Had The Blues — Merle Haggard (Capitol)

1983: You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation — Ronnie McDowell (Epic)

1993: Can’t Break It To My Heart — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

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

2013: That’s My Kind Of Night — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

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

8 responses to “Week ending 8/31/13: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis September 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Interesting group of songs this week – three classics (“A Dear John Letter “, “A Satisfied Mind”and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”) , one of Hank Thompson’s dumber (but still catchy) novelties, a good Merle Haggard song , a good Tracy Lawrence song and Ronnie McDowell’s biggest hit.

    I’ve listened to both of the 2013 entries, and they are both okay – I like the Bret Eldredge song best of the two but I can stand Luke’s song

    The 1968 #1 for this week was “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard , a true classic and the 1958 #1s were Faron Young’s “Alone With You” on the DJ charts and Don Gibson’s “Blue Blue Day” on the sales charts (the Jukebox chart had been discontinued the year before).

  2. J.R. Journey September 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I don’t know all the songs from 1953 and I haven’t heard the new Luke Bryan song yet, but I like all the ’63 – ’03 entries. “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation” is a favorite of mine.

  3. Luckyoldsun September 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Is that really Ronnie McDowell’s biggest song?
    I wasn’t really familiar with it. I’d have thought “Older Women” was his biggest song. I recall that being played when I started listening to country radio–I think it stayed on the playlist for years.

    • Ken Johnson September 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Both songs held the #1 position for just ONE week. However “Reputation” charted for a total of 22 weeks and remained inside the top 10 for 6 weeks while “Older Women” charted for 16 weeks and spent 5 weeks inside the top 10. On the-year end Billboard charts “Reputation” ranked as the #2 hit for 1983 while “Older Women” ranked at #14 for 1981. As far as airplay as an oldie following a single’s chart-life – that can vary widely according to radio station policy that may involve listener reseach or the simply the whims of the music or program director or other factors. The size of the original hit may not always come into play. I once worked at a radio station where quite a few major country hits were missing from their library. The original 45 RPM records had been broken or badly damaged over the years and the programming dept. had no budget to replace them. Those records weren’t played because the station didn’t have copies! In the early 1990’s my station removed “Achy Breaky Heart” from oldies rotation when our local reseach showed that despite the songs #1 hit status our listeners were burned out from hearing it.

      By the way McDowell’s biggest single was his 1977 Elvis tribute “The King Is Gone.” The Scorpion single only peaked at #13 on both the Billboard Hot 100 & Country charts but sold one million copies. It was his only gold single.

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