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Week ending 2/17/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958 (Sales):  Ballad of a Teenage Queen — Johnny Cash (Sun)

1958 (Disk Jockeys): Ballad of a Teenage Queen — Johnny Cash (Sun)

1968: Skip A Rope — Henson Cargill (Monument)

1978: Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You — Margo Smith (Warner Bros.)

1988: Tennessee Flat Top Box — Rosanne Cash (Columbia)

1998: Just To See You Smile — Tim McGraw (Curb)

2008: Letter To Me — Brad Paisley (Arista)

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

2018 (Airplay): Written In The Sand — Old Dominion (RCA Nashville)

2 responses to “Week ending 2/17/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken February 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    1978 was the best year of Margo Smith’s career.
    She had her first success three years earlier with “There I Said It” for the 20th Century record label [#8 in 1975] Margo was already 33 years old when that song hit so she was a bit late getting her professional musical career started. She had spent several years as a kindergarten teacher.
    But just months later 20th Century Records closed their Nashville division. Margo quickly secured a contract with Warner Brothers in early 1976 and had immediate chart success with two more top-ten hits. But a year later the hits stopped.

    She revitalized her career with a song suggested by her baby sitter who believed that it fit Margo’s style. It was Connie Francis’ #1 pop hit from 1962 “Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You.” Margo was not familiar with that song but agreed it suited her style. Recorded in late 1977 the song featured a 1950’s style orchestrated arrangement complete with a saxophone solo and Margo providing her own harmony vocal. However Margo did not perform the speaking part included in Connie’s version. That recording became Margo’s first #1 hit forty years ago this week.

    Here’s the Connie Francis original from 1962

    Margo’s next two singles were also remakes of pop hits and became country hits later that year. “It Only Hurts For A Little While” (a 1956 Ames Brothers hit) went to #1 in July and “Little Things Mean A Lot” (a 1954 hit for Kitty Kallen) peaked at #3 in November. Those songs along with her other most significant Warner Brothers singles were compiled for the first time on CD in 2015 and are available in this collection. Margo has re-recorded those songs but this CD has the original Warner Brothers single versions including two duets with Rex Allen, Jr.

  2. Paul W Dennis February 24, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I’ve seen Margo perform live a few times over the years. She spends at least part of the year in the Villages (near Lady Lake FL) but her health seems to be waning as she books relatively few appearances these days. She is a great yodeler and a nice lady and, for you with beloved old pickup trucks that still have cassette players fossils out there, many of her albums are still available on audio cassette

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