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Week ending 5/20/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

1957 (Sales): Gone — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

1957 (Jukebox) (tie): Gone — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)
A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1957 (Disc Jockeys) (tie): Gone — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)
Honky Tonk Song — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1967: Sam’s Place — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1977Some Broken Hearts Never Mend — Don Williams (ABC/Dot)

1987: To Know Him Is To Love Him — Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris (Warner Bros.)

1997: One Night at a Time — George Strait (MCA)

2007: Settlin’ — Sugarland (Mercury)

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

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

3 responses to “Week ending 5/20/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Erik North May 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Ironic that a woman-objectifying metro-Bro piece like “Body Like A Back Road” should be #1 this week, since thirty years before, three hugely influential and fiercely independent women in country and roots-rock held that slot.

  2. Luckyoldsun May 22, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Obviously, a lot of women find “Body Like A Back Road” to be flattering and really like the song and the singer.

  3. Ken May 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Buck Owens delivered one of his most vibrant #1 singles 50 years ago this week. Unlike most of Buck’s other single hits from that era that were generally released within a few months after the recording session “Sam’s Place” was delayed by more than a year and a half. During those intervening months Buck released five other #1 hits – the instrumental “Buckaroo” followed by “Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line,” “Think Of Me,” “Open Up Your Heart” and “Where Does The Good Times Go” “Sam’s Place” was intended to be just a track on the “Open Up Your Heart” album [released in December 1966] but overwhelming response from radio and the fans resulted in the song’s single release in March 1967. Due to the success of that single it was added to Buck’s subsequent studio album “Your Tender Loving Care” [released in August 1967] That track was again issued on “The Best Of Buck Owens Vol.3” album [released in January 1969]

    “Sam’s Place” was recorded on August 23, 1965 during sessions intended for Buck’s 1966 “Roll Out The Red Carpet” album. In several interviews Buck recalled that the song was written with frequent collaborator Red Simpson on the front porch of Buck’s California ranch. Although most of the song was a product of their imaginations the title was borrowed from an actual California night spot where Buck had performed earlier in his career. Buck said that his father Alvis Owens, Jr. contributed memorable line “Hoochie Coochie Hattie she comes from Cincinnati.” Red played rhythm guitar on the recording session along with The Buckaroos band.

    The YouTube link to the song posted above is for live a Mike Douglas Show appearance. Here’s the hit studio version featuring the sparkling doubled telecaster guitar lead. Don Rich provided the harmony vocal during that live performances but on most of Buck’s studio recordings including this one Buck overdubs his own harmony.

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