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Week ending 12/20/14: #1 albums this week in country music history

garth brooks - garth brooks and the magic of christmas1964: Buck Owens- Together Again (Capitol)

1969: Charley Pride – The Best of Charley Pride (RCA Victor)

1974: John Denver – Back Home Again (RCA)

1979: Kenny Rogers – Kenny (United Artists)

1984: Willie Nelson –  City of New Orleans (Columbia)

1989: Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back (Warner Brothers)

1994: Tim McGraw – Not a Moment Too Soon (Curb)

1999: Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas (Capitol)

2004: Shania Twain – Greatest Hits (Mercury)

2009: Taylor Swift – Fearless (Big Machine)

2014: Garth Brooks – Man Against Machine (RCA/Pearl)

7 responses to “Week ending 12/20/14: #1 albums this week in country music history

  1. Occasional Hope December 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    The cover art on that Garth album is really, really bizarre.

    • Ken December 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Garth appears more ominous than magical to me in that cover shot. Not a photo that captures the true spirit of the season. But then again that’s the album that followed his “Chris Gaines” project so perhaps Chris was still controlling Garth’s personality at that point.

  2. Ken December 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Charley Pride earned his second #1 album with his first “Best Of” collection this week in 1969. That set contained all of Charley’s top ten single hits up to that point in his career as well as his first two uncharted RCA Victor singles “The Snakes Crawl At Night” and “Before I Met You.” During that era most country “Best Of” or “Greatest Hits” collections included only past releases and seldom included current/recent hits or previously unreleased recordings. That album was an exception because it had the LP debut of Charley’s first #1 single “All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)” from just a few months earlier. [The only other country artist that I recall doing that in the 1960’s was Buck Owens whose 1963 Capitol singles “Act Naturally” and “Love Gonna Live Here” debuted on his first “Best Of” album in early 1964.] Two other non-hit Charley Pride songs were added to round out the tracklist – “Gone, On The Other Hand” originally released as the flip side of “The Day The World Stood Still” and on his 1967 album “The Country Way.” “Too Hard To Say I’m Sorry” was the lead track from that same LP. Gotta say as “Best Of” albums go this one was a true winner.

    For anyone looking to obtain Charley’s early RCA Victor albums, Music City Records has begin releasing them as CD “two-fers.” His first four albums are now available on CD for the first time. They have also reissued his 1970 Christmas album (with bonus tracks) and his Grammy winning 1971 gospel album “Did You Think To Pray.” Details here:

    http://www.musiccityrecords.com/artist.php?artist=1

  3. luckyoldsun December 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Surprising thing about Charley Pride–With all the #1 hits he had, two of his biggest songs weren’t hits at all: “The Snakes Crawl at Night” and “Crystal Chandeliers” (which, apparently was an album track and not even released as a single)–From my non-scientific observation, those two songs along with “Kaw Liga” have been the most played Charley Pride songs on “Willie’s Roadhouse”–even more than “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”–at least since I got my new Dodge with Sirius XM a year ago.

    • Ken December 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Due to demand by jukebox operators “Crystal Chandelier” was released as a 45 record on the RCA Gold Standard series primarily for jukebox play. Radio stations also received copies and many added it to their oldies library despite it’s non-hit status. Because Charley included it at his concerts (as well as on his 1968 live alum) it has become a favorite of Pride fans. “Snakes Crawl At Night” was far less popular. A good song for sure but never a hit.

      Willie’s Roadhouse is no barometer of the popularity of ANYTHING. There are hundreds of big country hits that NEVER get played. Some are not aired because they were never issued on CD. They also play a lot of songs that were never hits because somebody programming the channel likes them. Also the music for that channel (and most other Sirius channels) is scheduled by young & inexperienced interns or production assistants that do not even know the music. They add & delete titles in the computer usually based on timing. They have no knowledge of the format. Most of those interns & PA’s are kids that love rock & metal or rap. Classic country is a foreign language to them. Truth be told Willie’s Roadhouse is little more than a jukebox. Even the hosts are not live. They pre-record their talk sets between the songs (known as voicetracking) many days ahead of time. You are listening to a computer not live radio. Save your money and load your mp3’s onto a flash drive to create your own “radio station.” The money that you save from your subscription can buy a lot of music.

      • Paul W Dennis December 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        You are right about the defective nature of the programming on Willie’s Roadhouse, but I’m not giving up XM-Radio – Such stations as The 40s On 4, The 50s on 5, Bluegrass Junction, ESPN Radio and various other sports networks alone make it a worthwhile endeavor for me (I am on 40s on 4 about 1/3 of the time).

        If it were just about Willie’s Roadhouse I’d be completely in your corner on this one – but it’s not.

  4. luckyoldsun December 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Willie’s Roadhouse seems to cover country music from Jimmie Rodgers and Jimmie Davis all the way to Keith Whitley. Given that range, there are obviously a lot of different ways that it could be programmed and artists that could be emphasized. The only thing I would suggest is that they widen the playlist because after you’ve been listening for awhile, you tend to become a bit overly familiar with their songs.

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