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Week ending 10/20/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958 (Debut of ‘Hot CW Sides’ Chart): City Lights — Ray Price (Columbia)

1968: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye — Eddy Arnold (Fraternity)

1978: Tear Time — Dave & Sugar (RCA)

1988: Strong Enough To Bend — Tanya Tucker (Capitol)

1998: Where The Green Grass Grows — Tim McGraw (Curb)

2008: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven — Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/BNA)

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

2018: Simple — Florida Georgia Line (Big Machine)

4 responses to “Week ending 10/20/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis October 21, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Eddy Arnold’s last #1 record appears this week – it stayed at #1 for one week, the last of 145 weeks at the top of the charts. Eddy’s next two records would reach the top ten, then two more in 1980. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” was originally issued by Don Cherry (better known as a pop singer and professional golfer) as a country song in 1962. The song was a major pop hit for the Casinos in 1967 and then Eddy took it to the top of the country charts. Neal McCoy later had a top five country hit with the song. It was written by the great John D Loudermilk, a first cousin to Ira & Charlie Louvin

    • Ken October 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Although Eddy Arnold sometimes used “Nashville Sound” orchestrated arrangements to excess I’ve always believed that he struck a perfect balance with “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” Orchestra leader Bill Walker framed Eddy’s smooth vocal with a perfect balance of instrumentation from the first note of the intro to Floyd Cramer’s memorable piano flourish at the end. Many other artists have recorded this song but Eddy’s RCA Victor version remains my favorite by a country mile. Scoring this #1 hit was a belated 50th birthday present for Eddy as he had celebrated a half century just five months earlier.

      One addition to Paul’s informative comment, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” spent TWO weeks atop the Billboard survey [Oct. 19 & Oct. 26]

  2. Ken October 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Ray Price is the very first artist to top Billboard’s Hot C&W sides chart that debuted this week in 1958. “City Lights” was written by newcomer Bill Anderson who had composed it while in college in Georgia working as a disc jockey. Bill recorded his own version for the small TNT label but it was another recording made by Dave Rich that that brought the song to Ray Price’s attention. Ernest Tubb & Ray heard Rich’s RCA Victor single on the radio in Nashville en route to a golf game. Tubb believed it could be a big hit for Ray and strongly urged him to record it throughout their game. Ray finally agreed and on May 29,1958 he scheduled a special session to record just that one song. The result was so impressive that it displaced the song that had been planned as the “A” side of Ray’s next single. Roger Miller’s song “Invitation To The Blues” was relegated to the “B” side of that single. Rush-released less than two weeks later Tubb’s instincts proved correct as “City Lights” became one of Ray’s biggest hits topping the Billboard country survey for 13 weeks. “Invitation To The Blues” was a hit on it’s own merit peaking at #3 on the soon-to-be-discontinued disc jockey survey in early September 1958.

    Years later Ray Price, Bill Anderson and Roger Miller were all inducted to the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

  3. Aussie country girl October 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Love “Strong Enough To Bend” Tanya Tucker has long been a favourite of mine and I hope she’s in the hall of fame soon.

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