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Week ending 6/24/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

1957 (Sales): A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1957 (Disc Jockeys): Four Walls — Jim Reeves (RCA)

1967: All The Time — Jack Greene (Decca)

1977Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) — Waylon Jennings (RCA)

1987: Forever and Ever, Amen — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)

1997: It’s Your Love — Tim McGraw with Faith Hill (Curb)

2007: Find Out Who Your Friends Are — Tracy Lawrence (Rocky Comfort)

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

2017 (Airplay): If I Told You — Darius Rucker (Capitol)

7 responses to “Week ending 6/24/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken June 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Chart Note – Billboard discontinued publication of the “Most Played C&W In Jukeboxes” chart on 6/17/1957. The following week [6/24/1957] Billboard continued with the two remaining country charts – “C&W Best Sellers In Stores” and “Most Played C&W By Jockeys.” Billboard also discontinued the Jukebox survey for other genres that same week, The final song to top the C&W Jukebox chart was Marty Robbins’ “A White Sport Coat.” The Jukebox chart had been in existence since 1944. Billboard also discontinued the Jukebox survey for other genres at the same time.

    Both remaining country charts continued through October 13, 1958. The following week they were replaced by one all-encompassing 30 song survey “Hot C&W Sides.”

  2. Luckyoldsun June 26, 2017 at 4:02 am

    It should be noted that it was the release of a recording of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney that brought the song to #1.
    The original, all-Tracy Lawrence version was released in September, 2006, and did not burn up the chart–(which was not surprising, as Tracy had only had 1 top-30 record in the previous 5 years). The Lawrence-McGraw-Chesney version was released in 2007 and the song went to #1 that June. The chart did not distinguish between the two versions, but there was no doubt that it was “event” record that was being played.

    • Paul W Dennis June 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      It may depend on where you live – I mostly heard Tracy’s superior solo version. I think the Country station in Daytona Beach played the “event” version but the stations in Central Florida mostly played Tracy’s solo version. Some records take a while to build momentum and that was the case here.

      • Luckyoldsun June 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        It’s the back story that made the collaborative version compelling. Lawrence had been a huge star in the ’90s, but got into trouble for alleged personal misconduct and was suspended by his record label. His career never really recovered from that. This song was sort of Tracy’s life story; it was a case of life imitating art with McGraw and Chesney essentially saying that they’re proud to be Tracy’s friends and to help him score a big hit.
        But I think the trio version could have been better if the singers has actually sung it together in the studio and bounced lines off each other, rather than have separate vocal tracks melded together by a recording engineer, as was done here.

        • Ken June 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

          More luckyoldsun nonsense. Since the availability of multi-track recordings in the 1960’s few “duets” are actually performed by singers standing near each other in the same recording studio. Duet vocals are usually recorded separately – sometimes in different studios in different cities – as the logistics of getting three busy acts into the same studio at the same time is daunting. The main exceptions are artists that consistently recorded together such as Loretta & Conway or Porter & Dolly and even they did not always record simultaneously. Your mental fantasy that it would be better if they “bounced lines off each other” is ridiculous as the musical arrangement for most duets are done ahead of time and each singer knows which lines to sing. The end result would likely be the same.

  3. Luckyoldsun June 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks always for taking so much interest in what I write. I enjoyed reading your nine lines about the last three lines of my comment. My only disappointment was that you couldn’t write 15 equally incisive lines about the FIRST five lines of my comment. Dare I say, you may be getting lazy? But I still love ya.

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