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Week ending 10/17/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

image1955 (Sales): The Cattle Call/The Kentuckian Song — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

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

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

1965: Behind The Tear — Sonny James (Capitol)

1975: Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain — Willie Nelson (Columbia)

1985: Meet Me In Montana — Marie Osmond with Dan Seals (Capitol/Curb)

1995: I Like It, I Love It — Tim McGraw (Curb)

2005: Something To Be Proud Of — Montgomery Gentry (Columbia)

2015: Strip It Down — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

2015 (Airplay): Save It For a Rainy Day — Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia)

One response to “Week ending 10/17/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken October 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    On April 28, 1955 Eddy Arnold made his first RCA Victor Recordings backed by a full orchestra. The session began at 12 noon that day at Webster Hall in New York City. The Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra along with a small combo that included guitarist Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland and a six person vocal chorus backed Eddy on four songs. All were issued on two RCA Victor singles later that year and served as a preview of the lush arrangements that revitalized Eddy’s career a decade later.

    The first song on the session was “Cattle Call” a song that Eddy had recorded at his first session for Bluebird in 1944 and again in 1949. Though popular with Eddy’s core fans, neither version had become a chart hit. The 1955 orchestrated arrangement was completely unlike his earlier recordings and although some country disc jockey’s refused to play the record on the grounds that it was purely a “pop” recording it gave Eddy one of his most memorable hits. That record became a two-sided hit with “The Kentuckian Song” (recorded at the same session) as the flip side. The record was a huge success spending two weeks at #1 during it’s 26 week stay on the Billboard survey. At year’s end it ranked as the sixth biggest country single of 1955.

    Here’s the 1955 version of Cattle Call:

    Eddy made a stereo recording of the song in 1961 with a more subdued acoustic arrangement that was issued as the title track for his 1963 “Cattle Call” album and the 1967 “Best Of Eddy Arnold” LP. That version – though very well done- has been mistakenly substituted for the 1955 hit by disc jockeys for many years. One reason was due to the unavailability of the 1955 track that was never released on a vinyl album or issued as a 45 RPM re-release in the RCA Victor Gold Standard oldies series. It finally became widely available once again during the CD era

    Here’s the 1961 version of Cattle Call:

    The two remaining songs from that 1955 Winterhalter session were issued as a single later that year. “I Walked Alone Last Night” b/w “The Richest Man (In The World)” were far less successful peaking at #6 and #10 respectively.

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