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Week ending 7/2/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

628x4711956 (Sales): Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One — Elvis Presley (RCA)

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

1956 (Disc Jockeys): Crazy Arms — Ray Price (Columbia)

1966: Think of Me — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1976: El Paso City — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1986: Living in the Promiseland — Willie Nelson (Columbia)

1996: Time Marches On — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

2006: Summertime — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

2016: H.O.L.Y. — Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

2016 (Airplay): Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day — Luke Bryan (Capitol)

One response to “Week ending 7/2/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken July 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    50 years ago Buck Owens was the biggest act in country music. He consistently headlined sold-out concerts and his singles and albums both topped the country charts. On March 15, 1966 Buck debuted his syndicated half-hour TV program “The Buck Owens Show.” Ten days later he headlined a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert that was recorded and issued as a Capitol album on July 25. That album was released on the heels of two other LP’s issued earlier that year – “Roll Out The Red Carpet For Buck Owens And His Buckaroos” on February 7th and the inspirational album “Dust On Mother’s Bible” released on May 2nd. Despite having no single releases from any of those three LP’s they all topped the Billboard country album chart. Adding to Buck’s success that year Ray Charles scored back-to-back pop hits with two Buck Owens compositions “Crying Time” and “Together Again.” Buck also began his broadcasting empire early that year with the purchase of his flagship radio station KUZZ in Bakersfield, CA.

    With only a couple of exceptions most of Buck’s singles up until 1966 were composed by Buck himself or were collaborations by Buck with other artists. “Think Of Me” was an unsolicited song submitted by Estrella Olson that was revised by Don Rich and recorded in a Tex Mex style on February 15, 1966. Though Buck generally overdubbed the harmony vocal for most of his hits Don Rich provided the harmony for this recording. It offered a different sound from Buck’s usual “freight train” style but his fans made it Buck’s 11th number one hit.

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