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

1957 (Sales):Young Love/You’re The Reason I’m In Love — Sonny James (Capitol)

1957 (Jukebox): There You Go — Johnny Cash (Sun)

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

1967: Walk Through This World With Me — George Jones (Musicor)

1977: Southern Nights — Glen Campbell (Capitol)

1987: Small Town Girl — Steve Wariner (MCA)

1997: How Was I To Know — Reba McEntire (MCA)

2007: Beer In Mexico — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

2017: Body Like a Back Road — Sam Hunt (MCA)

2017 (Airplay): Dirt On My Boots — Jon Pardi (Capitol)

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

  1. Ken April 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    George Jones scored one of his most enduring hits fifty years ago hits this week. It has a similarity to another of his biggest songs “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in that George also strongly resisted recording it because he believed it to be a weak prospect. His producer Pappy Daily was a strong proponent of the tune fueled in part by the fact that he owned the publishing rights. After pitching the song to George at his sessions for more than a year George said that he finally agreed to record the song to placate Pappy and “to get him off my back.” Recorded at a May 23, 1966 session that version was released in October 1966 as a track on George’s Musicor album “We Found Heaven Right Here On Earth At 4033.” [MS 3106]

    But that version did not become the single hit although it has been mistakenly included on several George Jones hit compilations. In a 1994 video interview George said after shortly after the album was released “Walk Through This World With Me” began to receive airplay in Chicago demonstrating some hit potential. He said that was unsatisfied with his vocal performance. At a November 30, 1966 session a revised arrangement was recorded in a different key and with a more subdued backing chorus featuring a soaring soprano framing George’s vocal on the final verse. The new version mirrored the smoother “Nashville Sound” arrangements that were becoming very successful during that era. Released just one month after the session the song became George’s first and only Billboard number one record during his tenure with the Musicor label.

    George also re-recorded this song for Epic in the 1970’s on an album that included remakes of nine other earlier hits.

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