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Week ending 11/18/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

1957 (Sales): Wake Up Little Susie — The Everly Brothers (Cadence)

1957 (Disc Jockeys): Wake Up Little Susie — The Everly Brothers (Cadence)

1967: It’s the Little Things — Sonny James (Capitol)

1977More to Me — Charley Pride (RCA)

1987: Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues — The Judds (RCA/Curb)

1997: Love Gets Me Every Time — Shania Twain (Mercury)

2007: Don’t Blink — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

2017: What Ifs — Kane Brown ft Lauren Alaina (RCA)

2017 (Airplay): Unforgettable — Thomas Rhett (Valory)

One response to “Week ending 11/18/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken November 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Fifty years ago Sonny James was having a big year on the country charts. Both of his Capitol singles collectively spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Billboard country chart – “Need You” (2 weeks) and “I’ll Never Find Another You” (4 weeks) Two of his LP’s had also topped the country album chart. Sonny’s stature in the industry was such that he was chosen to co-host the first Country Music Association Awards ceremony that October. (Unfortunately that first awards show was not televised)

    Sonny’s final single for 1967 was a song written by his friend Arleigh (Arlie) Duff whose biggest success at that point was a song that he had composed and recorded in 1953. “You All Come” (a.k.a. Y’all Come) became the first top ten hit in early 1954 for the fledgling Starday label. Bing Crosby released a successful pop version and many other country artists in the years that followed recorded that song on albums and performed it on live shows. Another Duff composition “Another Story” gave Ernest Tubb a top 20 country hit in 1966. The previous year Duff had submitted his song “It’s The Little Things” to Sonny who recorded it on September 1, 1965. Sonny’s musical arrangement was in sharp contrast to much of country music of that era as it featured an organ as the lead instrument with acoustic guitars and male background voices.That song was initially released as a track on Sonny’s 1965 Capitol album “Behind The Tear.” In August 1967 the song was resurrected as a single release and it became Sonny’s third and biggest #1 hit for that year holding the top spot for five weeks.

    Another song Sonny recorded at the same September 1, 1965 session ‘I’ll Never Find Another You” had been issued as his previous single that year.

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