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Week ending 8/5/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

1957 (Sales): (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Loving You — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1957 (Disc Jockeys): Bye Bye Love — The Everly Brothers (Cadence)

1967: I’ll Never Find Another You — Sonny James (Capitol)

1977It Was Almost Like a Song — Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1987: Snap Your Fingers — Ronnie Milsap (RCA)

1997: Carrying Your Love With Me — George Strait (MCA)

2007: Never Wanted Nothing More — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

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

2017 (Airplay): Yours If You Want It — Rascal Flatts (Big Machine)

9 responses to “Week ending 8/5/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken August 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    During the late 1960’s Sonny James ruled the country charts. From 1965 through the end of the decade he scored a dozen #1 singles. Two other records peaked at #2 while another topped out at #3. Sonny adopted a folk style spotlighting acoustic guitars & background voices rather than twangy telecasters, steel guitars & fiddles or the heavily orchestrated arrangements that dominated country hits of that era. He developed his own unique style that stood out on country radio. Sonny recorded some original material but also creatively re-arranged former pop hits to fit his sound.

    Fifty years ago this week he had the #1 country record with his re-make of a 1965 pop hit. Sonny recorded “I’ll Never Find Another You” on September 1, 1965 just after the the Australian pop group The Seekers had scored their #4 pop hit. Sonny’s recording was first issued on his 1965 album “Behind The Tear” and resurrected more than a year and a half later for a single release in late May 1967. The single went to #1 during the first week of August where it remained for the entire month. It was also reissued that month as the title track for Sonny’s new Capitol album.

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo August 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    While certainly not his first foray into country music, he co-wrote the title track of Lee Ann Womack’s There’s More Where That Came From in 2005, “Never Wanted Nothing More” is often cited as Chris Stapleton’s first major success as a songwriter. Who knew that in just ten years he would have the top two best selling country albums of the year?

    Lee Ann Womack also helped launch the songwriting career of Shane McAnally, when she released his “Last Call” (co-written with Erin Enderlin) as the lead single from Call Me Crazy. He’s laughing all the way to the bank as he and Sam Hunt help mainstream country implode with “Body Like A Backroad,” now the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

    • Occasional Hope August 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      From Last Call to that Sam Hunt monstrosity – talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous,

      • Jonathan Pappalardo August 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        He did co-write ‘Since You’ve Gone To Heaven’ with Brandy Clark so he still knows how to collaborate on a decent song every now and then.

        I haven’t even listened to “Body Like A Backroad.” I won’t waste my time on it.

  3. Occasional Hope August 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I really like both the Ronnie Milsap songs this week.

  4. Paul W Dennis August 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    “Snap Your Fingers” has certainly circulated . Dick Curless (1971) and Don Gibson (1973) both released excellent singles on the song – I like Milsap’s version also but I regard his version as the fifth best I’ve hard behind Curless (my favorite) , R&B singers Joe Hinton and Joe Henderson and Don Gibson

    Here’s Hinton’s recording from 1962

    and Henderson’s also from 1962

    • Occasional Hope August 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      I was mixing it up in my mind with the later Milsap cut ‘You Snap Your Fingers, which is a different song.

      • Luckyoldsun August 8, 2017 at 12:05 am

        The Milsap’s recording of “YOU Snap Your Fingers” actually came a good bit earlier–about 11 years–than “Snap Your Fingers.” Either way, the similarity in titles is certainly quite confusing.

      • Razor X August 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        I was a bit surprised that you said you liked this one. Ronnie had really lost touch with his roots by this stage of his career and I was really getting tired of his music at this point.

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