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Week ending 4/19/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

kendalls41954 (Sales): Slowly — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1954 (Jukebox): Slowly — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1954 (Disc Jockeys): Slowly — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1964: Understand Your Man — Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1974: A Very Special Love Song — Charlie Rich (Epic)

1984: Thank God For The Radio — The Kendalls (Mercury)

1994: If The Good Die Young — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

2004: When The Sun Goes Down — Kenny Chesney with Uncle Kracker (BNA)

2014: This Is How We Roll — Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan (Republic Nashville)

2014 (Airplay): Doin’ What She Likes — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

4 responses to “Week ending 4/19/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis April 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I was always surprised that the ‘New Traditionalist’ movement that started in 1986 didn’t re-ignite the career of the Kendalls. During the late 1970s – early 1980s they were one of the few groups keeping true to their country roots but their chart success started fading at the end of the 1970s with a brief resurgence in 1983-1984. “Thank God For The Radio” was their 4th and last number one record on any of the charts .Their next two records cracked the top twenty but after that there there were lots of great records but no more top twenty hits

  2. luckyoldsun April 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t recall the New Traditionalist movement “reigniting” anyone’s career (unless you consider John Anderson as pre-dating the movement). The New Traditionalist movement brought a slew of new artists and didn’t leave room for old-timers. Even Haggard and Jones–who were name-checked on seemingly every other hit song–couldn’t get their own new songs played!

    • Ken April 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Not true. In the early days of the “New Traditionalist” movement (1986-89) both Haggard & Jones saw chart success until they began to release extremely weak material in the late 1980’s that radio found it easy to ignore. Jones’ “Yabba Dabba Do (The King Is Gone And So Are You)” was especially awful. Haggard had his last top ten hits in 1988 & 1989 and Jones in 1989 so both finished that decade with hits despite their inconsistency.

      John Anderson is an excellent example of an artist whose career saw a resurgence thanks to that movement. A label change to MCA brought Waylon back to the top of the charts in the late 1980’s. Rodney Crowell floundered for a decade until a traditional country approach supercharged his career. John Schneider saw brief success with a single hit in 1981 but a traditional approach earned him a string of late 1980’s hits. Ronnie Milsap dropped the synthesizers for a steel guitar in 1989 and revived his career with solid country hits. Michael Murphey transitioned to country music and was rewarded with hit singles. Moe Bandy was off the charts for most of the 80’s but made a brief comeback late in the decade as did Glen Campbell. Vern Gosdin had some of his biggest hits from 1988 to 1990. Tanya Tucker was the most successful female to revive her career during that era with a long string of hits starting in 1986 extending into the early ’90’s. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris also struck gold with their “Trio” project. Lorrie Morgan finally achieved success after more than a decade of trying. There’s probably a few more but I think you get the point about the movement “reigniting” some careers.

      As for the Kendalls, they were never a “superstar” act at country radio. Nice folks for sure but they just didn’t have that “extra” ingredient. Other than their hit “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away” they were an easy act to forget. When they returned to the charts in the mid-80’s they were met with a lukewarm reception. Weak material failed to sustain a lasting comeback. Also Jeannie’s sometimes shrill voice was perceived as abrasive by some listeners.

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