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Week ending 2/28/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

mel-mcdaniel-200-0707091955 (Sales): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Jukebox): More and More — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Disc Jockeys): Loose Talk — Carl Smith (Columbia)

1965: I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1975: I Care/Sneaky Snake — Tom T. Hall (Mercury)

1985: Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On — Mel McDaniel (Capitol)

1995: Old Enough To Know Better — Wade Hayes (Columbia)

2005: Bless The Broken Road — Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street)

2015: Take Your Time — Sam Hunt (MCA)

2015 (Airplay): Sun Daze — Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

2 responses to “Week ending 2/28/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis March 1, 2015 at 6:28 am

    “Sneaky Snake” had its own chart listing reaching #69 on Billboard’s Country Chart but reaching #55 on the Pop Chart (whereas “I Care” did not chart on the Pop Chart). I rarely heard “Sneaky Snake” on country radio in Central Florida

    • Ken March 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Paul – You are correct that “Sneaky Snake” had it’s own individual country chart entry but only for one week. The record debuted on the Billboard Country Chart at #69 in the 12/21/74 issue. The following week [12/28/74] Sneaky Snake became a tag-along “B” side to “I Care” at position #50. For the remainder of that record’s chart life both sides were listed as I Care/Sneaky Snake including the week of February 22, 1975 when both songs shared the #1 position. That’s why “Sneaky Snake” accumulated 16 weeks on the chart while “I Care” logged just 15. By the way the printed Billboard chart incorrectly listed the song as Sneaky SNAKES.

      The Joel Whitburn books are a bit misleading for this single because “Sneaky Snake” had it’s own singular chart position for one week and then shared the slot with “I Care” for 15 subsequent weeks. Whitburn should incorporate a note under those titles that clarifies this.

      Perhaps it’s the discretion of individual programmers that Sneaky Snake was not aired in your region but the station that I worked for at that time and those that we monitored in our region all played both sides of that record when it was a current hit and later as oldies. It was a huge request item for the kids. For a record to chart both sides on a Billboard chart a majority of the monitored radio stations on the panel had to report playing both songs so there was indeed substantial airplay nationwide for both. The fact that both songs had running times of about 2 minutes made them go-to records for DJ’s that needed a short song to fill time up to newscasts or other hard breaks in programming.

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