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Week ending 12/29/18: #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: You’re Easy On The Eyes — Terri Clark (Mercury)

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

2018: Speechless — Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)

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


9 responses to “Week ending 12/29/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken January 3, 2019 at 10:19 am

    As 1968 drew to a close Glen Campbell’s success could not be overstated. Glen was the hottest act in country music and had become a huge pop star as well.

    During the summer of ’68 Glen hosted a summer replacement TV show for The Smothers Brothers that was so successful CBS gave him his own show. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was set to debut Wednesday night January 29, 1969.

    Glen’s latest single “Wichita Lineman” spent the final two weeks of 1968 atop the Billboard country chart. It was also a #1 hit on the Easy Listening survey and a top 5 hit on the pop Hot 100.

    During the final week of 1968 Billboard’s country and pop album charts ranked Glen’s current and previous 5 releases among the best selling LP’s in the U.S.:
    Wichita Lineman (#1 country / #2 pop – the previous week it ranked #1 -The Beatles were #2)
    Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell [duet LP] (#4 country / #18 pop)
    Gentle On My Mind (#7 country / #9 pop)
    By The Time I Get To Phoenix (#19 country / #28 pop)
    Hey Little One (#26 country /#87 pop)
    A New Place In The Sun (#28 country / #107 pop)

    By years end Capitol records sold over 500,000 copies of the “Wichita Lineman” album earning “gold” status. Glen’s brand new album “That Christmas Feeling” was one of the top selling holiday albums that year. In total Glen’s recordings had earned five million dollars since July making him Capitol’s second biggest act surpassed only by The Beatles!

  2. Luckyoldsun January 3, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    The Beatles definitely knew Glenn Campbell, btw.
    Before he became a music star in his own right, Campbell played as a session guitarist on early ’60s recordings by classic pop singers and country and rock acts from Sinatra and Dean Martin to Merle Haggard to the Beach Boys and the Monkees to Elvis.
    I can’t find any evidence that Glenn ever appeared on stage with the Beatles or any of the individual members, though he did sing “Yesterday” and other Beatles songs. The only footage of Campbell with any of the Beatles that turns up is from the movie/documentary “I’ll Be Me,”–which follows Campbell on his last performing tour, 2011-2012, which he managed to do while suffering from steadily advancing Alzheimer’s disease. Glenn was one of several veteran superstar acts who performed at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. A few of the artists–including Paul McCartney–made a point to approach and talk to Campbell backstage. (It appears that Glenn may not have recognized Paul by that point, but he responds politely, as celebrities generally do when greeting or posing for pictures with people whom they may or may not know.)

    • Ken January 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      When writing about a beloved iconic performer the least that you could do is to spell their name correctly.

      It’s “Glen” with ONE “N”.

      Difficult to give your comments any credibility when you do not even spell his name properly.

      Glen’s name has been listed on records, CD’s, TV, newspapers, magazines, etc. for over 50+ years. The previous post spelled it correctly at least NINE times. Even the video that YOU chose to post spells it correctly! Yet you got it wrong every time that you wrote it!

      How on earth did you miss that?

  3. Luckyoldsun January 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    No, the least you can do is not be an *hole.
    The second least you can do is spell the name correctly.
    Btw, it should be “the least that you could do is to spell HIS name correctly.”

    My spelling and grammar record is a lot better than most, but yes, I flubbed that one.

    How on earth did I miss it? Maybe I listened to the Glenn Miller Band. Maybe I watched a Glenn Ford movie. No, maybe I watched “Fatal Attraction” and became possessed by Glenn Close’s character, who was known for being a homicidal maniac and an imperfect speller.. Maybe I was treated by the doctor who was responsible for the death of Glenn Frey. Maybe I watched “The Right Stuff” and imagined that I was John Glenn orbiting the earth and I suffered oxygen deprivation because I didn’t wear a space suit. Or maybe I listened to–Sit down, Ken Boy!–Glenn Beck–who used to say horrible things about Barack Obama and now supports–Oh No!–DONALD TRUMP!!

    • Ken January 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Using a google search for celebrities that spell “Glenn” with two “N’s” is an odd way to attempt to justify your mistake.

      And my comment was ” the least that you could do is to spell their name correctly.”
      “Their” is correct in the context that it was written.

      Perhaps you need glasses as you missed both “Glen” and “their.”

      Calling me a profane name tells us everything we need to know about your character.

      • Luckyoldsun January 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm

        I didn’t call you a profane name, Ken Boy. I elliptically hinted at it.
        You said “the least that you could do is to spell their name correctly.” I said “No, the least you can do is not be an *hole.” One can take that as general advice, a la Mitch Albom. If you choose to interpret that as a statement that you ARE one, ….well, that’ probably because even you’re ashamed at throwing a tantrum over a minor misspelling.

        • Ken January 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm

          Typical unluckyoldsun response. Lashing out at anyone that catches another one of YOUR mistakes.

          Once again it demonstrates the lack of character (and knowledge) that veteran readers of this blog have come to expect from you. No surprise.

  4. Paul W Dennis January 5, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Wichita Lineman was a massive hit in England as well. Virtually all of the DJs on BBC-1 had it in heavy rotation

  5. Paul W Dennis January 5, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I finally listened to “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. Since I don’t listen to over-the-air pop/country radio very much (usually when satellite radio is down for a few minutes) most of today’s country skates by me. “Speechless” isn’t terrible but it is fairly typical of the bland Pablum that passes for country music these days

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