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Week ending 7/9/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

1956 (Sales): Heartbreak Hotel — Elvis Presley (RCA)

18012-10-21956 (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: All These Things — Joe Stampley (Dot)

1986: Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) — Dan Seals (EMI America)

1996: Time Marches On — Tracy Lawrence (Atlantic)

2006: Summertime — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

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

2016 (Airplay): Wasted Time — Keith Urban (Capitol)

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3 responses to “Week ending 7/9/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken July 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Joe Stampley’s #1 hit from 40 years ago this week was his fourth release of that song. “All These Things” was first recorded by Art Neville (of the Neville Brothers) in 1961. In 1966 Joe and his group The Uniques released their version for Paula Records. The song charted for two weeks peaking at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop survey. In 1970 Paula re-released the song with a string overdub but it failed to chart. Joe Stampley was signed to Dot Records in 1970 as a solo act and in early 1972 he recorded a new version of “All These Things” at a faster tempo for his first Dot album “If You Touch Me (You’ve Got To Love Me).” In 1975 Joe moved on to Epic Records but his previous label (which had become ABC/Dot) continued to mine their vaults to release additional singles. In early 1976 Producer Ron Chancey overdubbed Joe’s 1972 recording of ‘All These Things” with a clavinet and an organ and added a new lead guitar for the single release. It became Joe’s biggest hit for that year performing far better than any of the new material released by Epic. Joe recorded a new version of “All These Things”for Epic in 1981 but it was largely ignored as that single peaked at #62.

    Here’s Joe’s first version with the Uniques from 1966

  2. luckyoldsun July 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Stampley may be better known for the Moe-and-Joe goofiness with Moe Bandy, but he had a great voice and his country-soul recordings were very good. His son Tony has written some good songs and put out a couple of CD’s of his own, but seems to be paying the rent by having his songs cut by other artists, notably Hank Williams Jr.
    Tony Stampley’s recent song and title cut to his CD “When I Get On a Roll” could be a big hit for someone–(at least if country radio still plays this sort of material).

    • Ken July 11, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Once again you state an assertion that is inaccurate. To say that Joe Stampley “may be better known for Moe-and-Joe goofiness with Moe Bandy” is untrue.

      The Moe & Joe recordings featured some excellent traditional country music. Not to mention that they were simply great fun. Those clever novelty songs were well-written and extremely well-produced. Labeling them simply as “goofiness” denies their integrity. Just because you personally did not like or appreciate them does not make them “goofy.”

      Moe & Joe became a prolific onstage entity because each man already had a string of solo hits long before they teamed up. Even after their first duet coupling in 1979 both singers continued to score individual hits. Their solo careers were never diminished by the duets. As a duo they scored one #1 single, three top hits and two other singles that hit #11 and #12. As a solo performer Joe Stampley had three #1 singles and 11 top ten hits plus another 8 singles that peaked just outside of the top ten at #11 or #12. His solo album sales far outpaced the duet albums. The Moe & Joe coupling enhanced the solo careers of both performers but did not overshadow them. I would compare their duets to George & Tammy, Loretta & Conway or Porter & Dolly. In those cases two individual acts added a new dimension to their career with vocal collaborations.

      Your generalization does not hold up against reality.

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