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Week ending 5/30/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

f4ac01695547e2a27830265b2fa433c0_lg1955 (Sales): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Jukebox): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Disc Jockeys): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1965: This Is It — Jim Reeves (RCA)

1975: I’m Not Lisa — Jessi Colter (Capitol)

1985: Radio Heart — Charly McClain (Epic)

1995: What Mattered Most — Ty Herndon (Epic)

2005: Making Memories Of Us — Keith Urban (Capitol)

2015: Girl Crush — Little Big Town (Capitol)

2015 (Airplay): A Guy Walks Into A Bar — Tyler Farr (Columbia)

One response to “Week ending 5/30/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken June 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Jim Reeves’ recording career is most unique in country music history. After his death on July 31, 1964 his name continued to appear on the country singles chart for another twenty years. “This Is It” was the first of five posthumous #1 singles. Jim recorded this great Cindy Walker song during a most prolific Nashville recording session held on May 18, 1964. Of the five songs recorded that day, four became single hits. “I Guess I’m Crazy” released only a few weeks before his plane crash went to #1 during the last week of August 1964. “This Is It” topped the charts for a total of three weeks in May 1965. “I Won’t Come In While He’s There” hit #1 in March 1967 and “Angels Don’t Lie” peaked at #4 in October 1970.

    RCA Victor in cooperation with Jim’s widow Mary Reeves judiciously mined the vaults into the 1980’s to create new releases. Thanks to multi-track recording techniques new instrumental arrangements were added to Jim’s original vocal recordings to make them acceptable to the current tastes of the changing country audience. Unreleased demo recordings provided another source for many releases. Several duets were also created by overdubbing vocals from Deborah Allen and Patsy Cline. All told Jim Reeves scored five number one hits and 13 top ten singles in the years following his passing.

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