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Week ending 2/4/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

220px-danseals-21957 (Sales):Singing the Blues — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1957 (Jukebox): Singing the Blues — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1957 (Disc Jockeys): Young Love — Sonny James (Capitol)

1967: There Goes My Everything — Jack Greene (Decca)

1977: Let My Love Be Your Pillow — Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1987: You Still Move Me — Dan Seals (EMI America)

1997: Nobody Knows — Kevin Sharp (Asylum)

2007: Watching You — Rodney Atkins (Curb)

2017: Blue Ain’t Your Color — Keith Urban (Capitol)

2017 (Airplay): Guy With A Girl — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.)

One response to “Week ending 2/4/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken February 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Remixing and/or editing songs for single release has been a common record industry practice for decades. One of the earliest examples in country music was Marty Robbins’ song El Paso that had three different releases. The full length mono Columbia commercial 45 was 4:37. Radio stations were issued a special promotional 45 record with the complete version on one side and a poorly edited 2:58 mono version on the flip side. Ultimately almost all stations programmed the full version. A third version recorded in stereo deleted one verse and timed out to 4:20. That rendition was released on Marty’s Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs album. Ray Price’s 1967 Columbia single Danny Boy was released on two different commercial 45’s – the full-length 4:58 album recording and a 3:02 edit that deleted a verse. The promotional 45 sent to radio stations contained both songs back-to-back with most radio stations opting for the shorter version.

    By the 1980’s many artists were recording longer and longer songs for albums that were often remixed and/or edited for single release. Dan Seals’ “You Still Move Me” was released on both the commercial 45 and his “On The Front Line” album in the full 5:08 version. But the radio promo 45 version trimmed more than 30 seconds from the intro. That shorter version was issued on both sides of the promotional 45 and was generally the version played by most radio stations at that time. While most Dan Seals CD compilations have used the longer version two CD’s have issued the edit. A 1990 special release mail order collection of Dan’s hits titled “Portrait” (although the time printed on the label indicates 5:08) and the recent 2011 Varese CD The Very Best Of Dan Seals.

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