My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Week ending 12/22/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958: City Lights — Ray Price (Columbia)

1968: Wichita Lineman — Glen Campbell (Capitol)

1978: The Gambler — Kenny Rogers (United Artists)

1988: When You Say Nothing At All — Keith Whitley (RCA)

1998: Husbands and Wives — Brooks & Dunn (Arista Nashville)

2008: Roll With Me — Montgomery Gentry (Columbia Nashville)

2018: Speechless — Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)

2018 (Airplay): Speechless — Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)


3 responses to “Week ending 12/22/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Aussie country girl December 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Some great songs in this list especially “The Gambler “

  2. Paul W Dennis December 27, 2018 at 10:19 am

    “Wichita Lineman” was the song that broke Campbell into the English and Irish markets reaching #7 in the UK and #12 in Ireland (inexplicably it also went to #1 in Yugoslavia), While Glen wasn’t as consistent a hitmaker in the UK or Ireland as in the US, many of his songs would achieve great success from that point forward. As I recall, the song reached its peak in the UK in late spring of 1969. The follow up, “Galveston” did not fare quite as well in the UK but the BBC’s disc jockeys gave it a lot of love, playing it with great frequency.

  3. Paul W Dennis December 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Keith Whitley’s version of “When You Say Nothing At All” remains for me the definitive version of the song. I liked Alison Krauss’s version (she has a lovely voice) but she isn’t nearly as soulful a singer as was Whitley.

    At the time I was surprised to hear the Brooks & Dunn recording of “Husbands and Wives”, especially since there had already been a definitive versions of the song by writer Roger Miller, plus it had been frequently covered as an album track by many other artists (I especially liked Neil Diamond’s cover on his superb album STONES) and had been a hit in 1981 for David Frizzell & Shelley West. I guess a good song is always a good song and I came to like the Brooks & Dunn version.

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