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Week ending 4/30/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

tumblr_m1utdqRcbD1qzn0deo1_5001956 (Sales): Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1956 (Jukebox): Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1956 (Disc Jockeys): Heartbreak Hotel — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1966: I Want To Go With You — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1976: Together Again — Emmylou Harris (Reprise)

1986: Now and Forever (You and Me) — Anne Murray (Capitol)

1996: No News — Lonestar (BNA)

2006: What Hurts the Most — Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street)

2016: Somewhere on a Beach — Dierks Bentley (Capitol)

2016 (Airplay): I Like the Sound of That — Rascal Flatts (Big Machine)

2 responses to “Week ending 4/30/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken May 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Remakes often just make you long to hear the original recording but Emmylou Harris did an excellent job reviving “Together Again” in 1976. Her vocal captured the emotion of Buck Owen’s 1964 original and a tasty instrumental break featuring piano and steel guitar added an excellent touch. A decade earlier Ray Charles soulful recording of that song had earned him a top 20 pop hit.

    As an example of how schizophrenic country music had become by 1986 you only have to look at the number one hits for the three week period from 30 years ago. Alabama’s edgy pop/rock anthem “She And I” was followed by Ricky Skaggs’ Cajun-country hoedown “Cajun Moon” which was proceeded by Anne Murray’s “Now And Forever (You And Me).” Pop producer David Foster loaded Anne’s recording with synthesizers and high-tech vocal effects in an effort to score a pop hit. To add some current “pop-cred” Richard Page from the group Mr. Mister was enlisted to add his vocal to the chorus. In the end top 40 radio largely ignored the record and it peaked at #92 on the Hot 100. Meanwhile the single became Anne’s final #1 entry on the country chart. She scored just one more country hit after that when “Feed This Fire” went to #5 in late 1990.

  2. Razor X May 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    When preparing this post what struck me was that “Together Again” is the only truly country record listed.

    “Now and Forever (You and Me)” was Anne Murray’s attempt to reclaim her spot on the pop charts. She didn’t make any pretense about it being a country record and I think she was as surprised as anyone when it hit #1 on the country charts. The New Traditionalist movement was underway, but as Ken pointed out, it was not yet in full swing, with records like this still topping the charts along with the more traditional fare.

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