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Week ending 9/5/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

Warner_Mack1955 (Sales): I Don’t Care — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Jukebox): I Don’t Care — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Disc Jockeys): I Don’t Care — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1965: The Bridge Washed Out — Warner Mack (Decca)

1975: Rhinestone Cowboy — Glen Campbell (Capitol)

1985: Love Is Alive — The Judds (RCA/Curb)

1995: Not On Your Love — Jeff Carson (Curb)

2005: Mississippi Girl — Faith Hill (Warner Bros.)

2015: House Party — Sam Hunt (MCA)

2015 (Airplay): Young & Crazy — Frankie Ballard (Warner Bros.)

2 responses to “Week ending 9/5/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken September 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Warner Mack is one of my favorite singers from the 1950’s & 60’s. His first top-ten hit was the rock-a-billy styled “Is It Wrong (For Loving You)” for Decca in late 1957. Unable to score a successful follow-up he made recordings for several other labels including Kapp before returning to Decca in late 1962. Five singles later in early 1965 he finally had a second hit with “Sittin’ In An All Nite Cafe.” His next release was notable for the young steel guitar player that brought his unique style to the session. Lloyd Green surrounded Warner’s expressive vocal with catchy, incredible licks that made the song jump out of radio and jukebox speakers. It helped to make “The Bridge Washed Out” Warner Mack’s first and only #1 country hit. Lloyd Green went on to play on several of Warner’s subsequent singles as well as hundreds of Nashville recording sessions for other singers.

    All told Warner Mack had 10 top ten hits during the 1960’s that are largely forgotten today. Decca never collected his hit singles onto a vinyl “Greatest Hits” or “Best Of” album back in the day. Sadly the CD era never brought a comprehensive reissue of Warner’s original Decca hits though re-recordings of his songs have been widely available on CD from labels including Gusto and Country Stars. Decca master tapes were destroyed in the 2008 Universal Studio fire that incinerated their tape vault so the only source for his great recordings are the original vinyl albums and 45’s.

    Here’s the original 1965 studio version of “The Bridge Washed Out” featuring Lloyd Green.

  2. Paul W Dennis September 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I too am a Warner Mack fan and have accumulated several of his used Decca LPs (his heyday actually pre-dates me having the money to buy his albums new). My copies were well-worn before I got them, so if Hux, Humphead or someone else were to put out a CD from decent condition vinyl needle-drops, I’d be purchasing

    Needle-drops are not ideal, but sometimes they are the best you’re likely to get

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