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Week ending 2/16/19: #1 singles this week in country music history

1959: Billy Bayou — Jim Reeves (RCA Victor)

1969: Until My Dreams Come True — Jack Greene (Decca)

1979: Every Which Way But Loose — Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)

1989: Big Wheels In The Moonlight — Dan Seals (Capitol)

1999: Stand Beside Me — Jo Dee Messina (Curb)

2009: She Wouldn’t Be Gone — Blake Shelton (Warner Bros)

2019: Tequila — Dan + Shay (Warner Bros. Nashville)

2019 (Airplay): This Is It — Scotty McCreery (Triple Tigers)

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2 responses to “Week ending 2/16/19: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Ken February 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    One of Jack Greene’s finest performances captured the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart 50 years ago this week.

    Jack was hired as a drummer for Ernest Tubb’s band The Texas Troubadours in 1962. He also became a featured singer on Ernest’s live shows and contributed vocals to songs on Texas Troubadour Decca albums that spotlighted members of Ernest’s famous band. Those performances earned him a solo contract with Decca in 1965. The following year Jack scored his career hit with “There Goes My Everything.” It held the #1 spot for seven weeks and won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards. The hits continued with “All The Time” [#1/1967] “What Locks The Door” [#2/1967] “You Are My Treasure” [#1/1968] and “Love Take Care Of Me” [#4/1968]

    For his first hit of 1969 Jack turned to Dallas Frazier who had composed “There Goes My Everything.” According to Jack at the last minute he came up one song short for a recording session scheduled for the next day and tried to contact Frazier. Although Dallas was out of town on vacation he was located in Florida. He wrote “Until My Dreams Come True” on the spot and then drove thirty miles to get a tape recorder so he could send the song to Jack. It was recorded the very next day. The single remained on top for two weeks.

    Though Jack was one of country music’s most prolific hit makers of the late 1960’s & early 70’s a CD collection of his original Decca and MCA recordings has never been issued in the U.S. Like many other artists of that era Jack re-recorded his hits for other record labels. He did remakes in the 1970’s and again in the 1980’s. Those new versions have been widely issued on CD collections for the Gusto, Deluxe, Federal, K-Tel and Step One labels. However the British Edsel/Demon label issued an excellent 20 track CD compilation in 1997 that assembled 20 of Jack’s original Decca and MCA recordings. Unfortunately they failed to include “Until My Dreams Come True” although several less successful tracks made the cut. To date “Until My Dreams Come True” has only been issued in CD compilations from Time/Life in the U.S. & U.K. (albeit in mono)

    Jonathan posted a link above to an excellent clip of Jack performing the song live on Billy Walker’s syndicated Country Carnival TV show. But here’s Jack’s original Decca studio recording produced by Owen Bradley that features a classic “Nashville Sound” arrangement spotlighting superb electric guitar and piano fills. Enjoy country music from 1969 at it’s finest.

  2. Paul W Dennis February 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I concur with everything Ken said in his comment. Jack Greene was one of the exceptional country vocalists of the 1960s and 1970s. I have the Edsel/Demon CD that Ken references and it is indeed excellent. It would have been improved greatly had they included “Until My Dreams Come True”, “Lord Is That Me” and perhaps a few key tracks such as “The Last Letter” (originally recorded while Jack was a member of the Texas Troubadours) and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurtin’ Me” ( a non-charting single from 1965 that remains the best version of the song I’ve ever heard.

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