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Week ending 3/17/18: #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: A World of Our Own — Sunny James (Capitol) 

1978: Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys — Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson (RCA)

1988: Too Gone Too Long — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)

1998: Round About Way — George Strait (MCA)

2008: All-American Girl — Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)

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

2018 (Airplay): Marry Me — Thomas Rhett (Valory Music Group)

One response to “Week ending 3/17/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken March 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Sonny James had chart success with original songs but a significant portion of his hits were actually remakes of country or pop hits. His first successful remake was in 1957. His rock & roll arrangement of Hank Williams 1949 hit “Lovesick Blues” peaked at #15. In 1966 his revival of Adam Wade’s 1961 pop hit “Take Good Care Of Her” earned him a #1 record. Two of his three #1 hits during 1967 were also remakes of pop hits. “Need You” had been a top ten single in 1949 for Jo Stafford & Gordon MacRae and “I’ll Never Find Another You” was a #4 hit in 1965 for The Seekers.
    The latter song was written by English songwriter Tom Springfield who also penned The Seekers top 20 1965 pop hit “A World Of Our Own.” Sonny’s folk-styled arrangement of that song featured acoustic guitars, organ and background singers. His Capitol single remained at the top of the Billboard country survey for the final three weeks of March 1968. It was the first of three #1 hits that Sonny would score that year.

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