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Week ending 11/25/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

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

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

1977The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You) — Waylon Jennings (RCA)

1987: I Won’t Need You Anymore (Always and Forever) — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)

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

2007: Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) – Dierks Bentley (Capitol)

2017: When It Rains It Pours — Luke Combs (River House/Columbia)

2017 (Airplay): Every Little Thing — Carly Pearce (Big Machine)

4 responses to “Week ending 11/25/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis November 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I like “Wurlitzer Prize” although it is not one of my favorites. Apparently Waylon didn’t like the song but was persuaded to record it as an album track. Much to Waylon’s chagrin, RCA released it as a single and it became a hit. Waylon later regarded the song as an object lesson to record only songs he liked, because if he recorded a song he didn’t like and it became a hit, he was be stuck performing it on stage for the rest of his career

    Counting all the major charts (BB, CB RW) “It’s The Little Things” was Sonny’s ninth consecutive #1 record in a string of twenty-five #1 singles

    • Ken November 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      I recently read an interview with Waylon that claimed he actually did like “The Wurlitzer Prize” when he first heard and recorded it but soon grew tired of it. That led to his comment about never recording a song that you can’t live with long-term and enjoy performing at every show. That song was co-written by Waylon’s producer Chips Moman (with Buddy Emmons) so it is possible, or perhaps very likely that Chips’ influence led to Waylon recording that song. Waylon was deeply involved in drugs during that period so his behavior, actions and recall need to be seen from that unfortunate perspective

      RCA was definitely amped up about that song. Waylon recorded it in mid-August and it was quickly released as his follow-up single to “Luckenbach, Texas” the following month. Waylon was so hot at that time that the B side also received extensively airplay. “Lookin’ For A Feeling” was listed in Billboard as a tag-along B side for that single’s entire chart run so this week in 1977 both songs topped the Billboard country chart. They were issued on the “Waylon & Willie” album released in early 1978. I thought ‘Lookin’ For A Feeling” (written by Waylon) was the better side.

    • Luckyoldsun November 29, 2017 at 12:41 am

      I think Waylon had a big enough catalog of hits that he wasn’t stuck having to sing any one song for the rest of his career, if he didn’t want to. If there was anything that he “had” to sing, there were a bunch of songs like “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” “Luchenbach,” “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and “Bob Wills is Still the King” that would be way ahead of “Wurlitzer.”
      Most of the legendary artists seemed to have a core show and stuck with it. Willie had a #1 hit–his last–with a great song called “Nothing I Can Do About It Now” in 1989. I saw him perform live a few times in the ’90s–either his own show or with the Highwaymen–and always wanted to see and hear him to that song. He never sang it. I didn’t know why, because I thought it would be a great song to do live. I guess he just had so many hits and old classics to do in his show that it didn’t fit in.
      I finally found a live version of Willie singing “Nothing I Can Do About It Now” in 1990–when it was still new.

  2. Razor X November 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    “Wurlitzer Prize” is one of my favorite Waylon Jennings songs.

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