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Week ending 12/13/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

rich_charlie_13771154566831954 (Sales): More and More — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1954 (Jukebox): More and More — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1954 (Disc Jockeys): More and More — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1964: Once A Day — Connie Smith (RCA)

1974: She Called Me Baby — Charlie Rich (Epic)

1984: Chance of Lovin’ You — Earl Thomas Conley (RCA)

1994: If You’ve Got Love — John Michael Montgomery (Atlantic)

2004: Nothing On But The Radio — Gary Allan (MCA)

2014: Shotgun Rider — Tim McGraw (Big Machine)

2014 (Airplay): Girl In A Country Song — Maddie & Tae (Dot)

One response to “Week ending 12/13/14: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken December 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    After Charlie Rich hit #1 in 1973 with “Behind Closed Doors,” every record label that he had ever recorded for began to reissue his old sides to ca$h in on his immense popularity. RCA Victor was the most successful of Charlie’s prior labels. They mined their vaults for Chet Atkins produced recordings that Charlie made in Nashville from 1963-1965. Fortunately the arrangements closely mirrored the early 1970’s “Nashville Sound” style of orchestrated country music and did not sound as out-of-date as many of the offerings resurrected by Charlie’s other labels. Initially issued on RCA’s Groove & Camden subsidiary labels as well as the RCA Victor imprint several of the recordings earned substantial airplay and sold extremely well as both singles and via repackaged album collections.

    Harlan Howard’s great song “She Called Me Baby” was Charlie’s third (and final) #1 hit for the RCA Victor label in 1974 joining “There Won’t Be Anymore” and “I Don’t See Me In Your Eyes Anymore” at the top of the Billboard chart. The previously unissued track was recorded on February 4, 1965 making a nine year gap between the session and it’s ascendancy to #1. That record became Charlie’s fifth #1 record of calendar year 1974 [3 on RCA Victor & 2 on Epic]

    That song might have been a hit earlier that year for Mickey Gilley had fate not intervened. Originally designated as the “A” side of a Gilley single the record was flipped over by disc jockeys in favor of the “B” side “Room Full Of Roses.” The latter gave Gilley his very first #1 hit in June 1974.

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