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Week ending 1/19/19: #1 singles this week in country music history

1959: Billy Bayou — Jim Reeves (RCA Victor)

1969: Daddy Sang Bass — Johnny Cash (Columbia)

1979: Baby I’m Burnin’ — Dolly Parton (RCA Records)

1989: She’s Crazy For Leaving — Rodney Crowell (Columbia)

1999: Right On The Money — Alan Jackson (Arista)

2009: Already Gone — Sugarland (Mercury Nashville)

2019: Speechless — Dan + Shay (Warner Nashville)

2019: Good Girl — Dustin Lynch (Broken Bow)


2 responses to “Week ending 1/19/19: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken January 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    1958 was the year that Roger Miller finally began to gain significant traction as a songwriter. Ray Price recorded “Invitation To The Blues” [#3 hit] for Columbia and Ernest Tubb’s Decca version of “Half A Mind” [#8 hit] was a late year success. In September Jim Reeves recorded Roger’s light-hearted novelty tune about a Louisiana lad named “Billy Bayou.” Reeves amended the last line of Roger’s chorus from “A boogie man will get you one of these days” to “A PRETTY GIRL will get you one of these days.” “Billy Bayou” likely owed part of it’s success to the catchy guitar riff played by Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland. 60 years ago Reeves RCA single pushed Ray Price’s mega-hit “City Lights” out of the #1 slot after 13 weeks. Reeves’ remained at #1 for the next five weeks .

    “Billy Bayou” was a change of pace for Reeves as most of his recent RCA releases were serious love songs or ballads. However his hit-making career was launched several years earlier with a string of novelty songs including “Mexican Joe,” “Bimbo,” “Penny Candy,” “Drinking Tequila,” and “Yonder Comes A Sucker.”

    Another lighthearted Roger Miller song was selected by Reeves for his follow-up.
    “Home” was slightly less successful peaking at #2 for four weeks in mid-1959.

  2. Ken January 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Dolly Parton’s career continued to ascend 40 years ago this week as the second single from her “Heartbreaker” album became her ninth solo #1 hit. Although RCA officially designated “Baby I’m Burnin'” as the “A” side of that single release most country radio stations flipped the record over. “I Really Got The Feeling” became the preferred side with “Baby I’m Burnin'” getting tag-along B side status according to the Billboard country chart. Some country stations at that time were adverse to the harder pop/rock edge of “Baby I’m Burnin'” although many country stations did program both sides. “Baby I’m Burnin'” did receive enough pop airplay & sales to reach #25 on the Hot 100.

    “Baby I’m Burnin'” was an original Dolly tune while “I Really Got The Feeling” was written by Billy Vera. Best known for his 1987 pop hit “At This Moment” Vera wrote “I Really Got The Feeling” for Nancy Sinatra to record. But when Nancy declined to record it Vera played it for Dolly’s executive producer Charles Koppelman who loved the song and heard hit potential.

    During that era RCA pressed most promotional singles on colored vinyl. Promo copies of that release were released on red vinyl.

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