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Week ending 10/29/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

63c619_276324ce1c7c4a3ab87ded622871465fmv2-jpg_srz_415_314_85_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srz1956 (Sales): Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1956 (Jukebox): Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1956 (Disc Jockeys): I Walk the Line — Johnny Cash (Sun)

1966: Open Up Your Heart — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1976: You and Me — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1986: Cry — Crystal Gayle (Warner Bros.)

1996: Like the Rain — Clint Black (RCA)

2006: I Loved Her First – Heartland (Lofton Creek)

2016: Setting the World on Fire — Kenny Chesney featuring Pink (Blue Chair/Columbia)

2016 (Airplay): I Know Somebody — LoCash (Reviver)


One response to “Week ending 10/29/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken October 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    By 1966 the Buck Owens hit machine was rolling out consistent #1 hits. The first came in 1963 with “Act Naturally” and his next eight solo non-holiday singles – and one instrumental – all topped the country chart. (A Rose Maddox duet that followed “Act Naturally” failed to make the top ten) All of those hits featured Buck’s trademark Bakersfield freight train sound with twangy fender guitars and/or Tom Brumley’s steel guitar. “Open Up You Heart” was the epitome of that style. Buck made a change in his studio lineup for that session by adding James Burton on guitar. Burton had achieved fame as lead guitarist on Ricky Nelson’s hits and extensive studio work for other acts. James played on many of Merle Haggard’s early hits. His “chickin’ pickin” style became the centerpiece for the musical arrangement of “Open Up You Heart.” Most of Buck’s fans assumed that it was Don Rich that provided those memorable licks. The link to the song posted above is from Buck’s syndicated television show.and features Don’s attempt to emulate Burton’s precise licks. Here is the hit version recorded at the Capitol recording studios in Hollywood on April 6, 1966:

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