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Week ending 5/17/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

EddyA1954 (Sales): Slowly — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1954 (Jukebox): I Really Don’t Want To Know — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

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

1964: My Heart Skips A Beat — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1974: Is It Wrong (For Loving You) — Sonny James (Capitol)

1984: To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before — Willie Nelson with Julio Iglesias (Columbia)

1994: If Bubba Can Dance (I can Too) — Shenandoah (RCA)

2004: You’ll Think of Me — Keith Urban (Capitol)

2014: Play It Again — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

2014 (Airplay): Give Me Back My Hometown — Eric Church (EMI Nashville)

6 responses to “Week ending 5/17/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis May 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

    An interesting phenomenum occurs with “My Heart Skips Beat” – it will spend seven of the next nine weeks at #1 but in the other two weeks the B-side of the record, “Together Again” will grab the #1 slot

  2. Ken May 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    The link to Eddy Arnold’s “I Really Don’t Want To Know” is the re-recording. Here’s the correct original version – note that Eddy drops his voice on the the words “…I wonder…” at 1:06 and again at 2:15. For many years only an alternate version of this 1953 recording was available on CD until Bear Family located the correct master and included it in their 2nd Eddy Arnold box set. Several orchestrated re-recordings are also been available on CD.

    The link to Sonny James’ “Is It Wrong (For Loving You)” is the album version not the single hit. (Which by the way was released on the Columbia label. Sonny left Capitol in 1972) Only the album version has been issued on CD – it lacks the superb accoustic guitar overdub added to the single mix. I could not find that audio posted online.

    • luckyoldsun May 20, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      This original, lively version of “I Really Don’t Want To Know” is hands-down better than the narcoleptic remake originally posted. There’s no comparison.

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