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Week ending 1/6/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958 (Sales): Great Balls of Fire — Jerry Lee Lewis (Sun) 

1958 (Disc Jockeys): The Story of My Life — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1968: For Loving You — Bill Anderson & Jan Howard (Decca)

1978: Take This Job and Shove It — Johnny Paycheck (Epic)

1988: Somewhere Tonight — Highway 101 (Warner Bros.)

1998: Longneck Bottle — Garth Brooks (Capitol)

2008: Our Song — Taylor Swift (Big Machine)

2018: Meant To Be — Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (Big Machine)

2018 (Airplay): Like I Loved You — Brett Young (Big Machine)

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One response to “Week ending 1/6/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken January 8, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    As 1958 began the impact of rock & roll on country music was clearly apparent. Songs topping both of the country charts that week were far from traditional country. Matter of fact they were not even recorded in Nashville! “Great Balls Of Fire” Jerry Lee Lewis’ second hit was produced by Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis. Marty Robbins’ “The Story Of My Life” was produced by Mitch Miller at Columbia studios in New York City. Arranged by Ray Conniff (whose vocal group provided the background voices) Marty’s hit featured some of the best jazz and pop musicians of that era.

    Other songs inside the country top ten during the first week of 1958 included “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms, “Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice” by Elvis, “Wake Up Little Susie” by The Everly Brothers, “Raunchy” by Bill Justis and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” by Jimmie Rodgers. The most “country” sounding top ten song on either chart was Ray Price’s hit from the previous year “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You”

    Crossover songs dominated the country charts for the rest of that year with additional hits by Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers and newcomer Don Gibson. Not to mention teen idol Ricky Nelson who scored four top-ten singles on the country chart that year. Only Ray Price was able to score a #1 hit that year with a traditional country sounding record “City Lights”

    One thing was for certain – in 1958 country music was undergoing some major and drastic changes.

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