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

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Classic Rewind: Bellamy Brothers – ‘Jesus Is Coming’

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Week ending 4/25/15: #1 singles this week in country music history

p04221so4xb1955 (Sales): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Jukebox): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1955 (Disc Jockeys): In The Jailhouse Now — Webb Pierce (Decca)

1965: King of the Road — Roger Miller (Smash)

1975: Always Wanting You — Merle Haggard (Capitol)

1985: I Need More Of You — The Bellamy Brothers (MCA/Curb)

1995: I Can Love You Like That — John Michael Montgomery (Atlantic)

2005: Anything But Mine — Kenny Chesney (BNA)

2015: Take Your Time — Sam Hunt (MCA)

2015 (Airplay): Homegrown — Zac Brown Band (Southern Ground/Big Machine)

Favorite country songs of the 1980s, Part 1

The 1980s were a mixed bag, with the early 1980s producing some of the lamest country music ever recorded, as the Urban Cowboy movie wrecked havoc on the genre. Fortunately, there was still good country music being released. The first flowering of the late 1980s “New Traditionalist” movement arrived in 1981 with the first hits of Ricky Skaggs and George Strait, but they remained outliers until 1986 as far as good new artists were concerned. The latter part of the decade, however, produced some truly excellent country music with the 1986 arrival of Randy Travis and company.

This list is meant neither to be a comprehensive list of great country songs from the 1980s, nor any sort of ranking of records. It’s just a list of some songs that I liked and remember. See if you recall any of these records.

If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)“ – Alabama
Alabama made excellent music during the 1980s, although the country content of some of it was suspect. Not this song, which is dominated by fiddle. One of the few up-tempo Alabama records that swings rather than rocks.

I’ve Been Wrong Before” – Deborah Allen
An accomplished songwriter who wrote many hits for others, particularly with Rafe VanHoy, this was one of three top ten tunes for Ms. Allen, reaching #2 in 1984. This is much more country sounding than her other big hit “Baby I Lied”.

Last of The Silver Screen Cowboys” – Rex Allen Jr.
After some success as a pop-country balladeer, Rex Jr. turned increasing to western-themed material as the 1980s rolled along. This was not a big hit, reaching #43 in 1982, but it featured legendary music/film stars Roy Rogers and Rex Allen Sr. on backing vocals.

“Southern Fried” – Bill Anderson
This was Whispering Bill’s first release for Southern Tracks after spending over twenty years recording for Decca/MCA. Bill was no longer a chart force and this song only reached #42 in 1982, but as the chorus notes: “We like Richard Petty, Conway Twitty and the Charlie Daniels Band”.

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Classic Rewind: Bellamy Brothers – ‘Old Hippie”

A #2 peaking single for the duo in 1985:

Week ending 3/12/11: #1 singles this week in country music history

1951: There’s Been A Change In Me — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1961: Don’t Worry — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1971: I’d Rather Love You — Charley Pride (RCA)

1981: Do You Love As Good As You Look — Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros./Curb)

1991: I’d Love You All Over Again — Alan Jackson (Arista)

2001: One More Day — Diamond Rio (Arista)

2011: Don’t You Wanna Stay — Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow)

Week ending 8/7/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

1950: Why Don’t You Love Me — Hank Williams (MGM)

1960: Please Help Me, I’m Falling — Hank Locklin (RCA)

1970: Wonder Could I Live There Anymore — Charley Pride (RCA)

1980: Dancin’ Cowboys — The Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros./Curb)

1990: Good Times — Dan Seals (Capitol)

2000: I Hope You Dance — Lee Ann Womack (MCA)

2010: Undo It — Carrie Underwood (19/Arista)

Week ending 4/10/10: #1 singles this week in country music

1950: Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy — Red Foley (Decca)

1960: He’ll Have To Go — Jim Reeves (RCA)

1970: Tennessee Bird Walk — Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan (Wayside)

1980: Sugar Daddy — The Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros./Curb)

1990: Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart — Randy Travis (Warner Bros.)

2000: How Do You Like Me Now — Toby Keith (DreamWorks Nashville)

2010: Temporary Home — Carrie Underwood (19/Arista)

Week ending 5/30/09: #1 this week in country music history

Tammy_Wynette_31949: Lovesick Blues — Hank Williams (MGM)

1959: The Battle of New Orleans — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1969: Singing My Song — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1979: If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me — Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros.)

1989: After All This Time — Rodney Crowell (Columbia)

1999: Please Remember Me— Tim McGraw (Curb)

Week ending 5/23/09: #1 this week in country music history

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1949: Lovesick Blues — Hank Williams (MGM)

1959: The Battle of New Orleans — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1969: My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To) — Bill Anderson (Decca)

1979: If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me — Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros.)

1989: If I Had You— Alabama (RCA)

1999: Please Remember Me— Tim McGraw (Curb)

Week ending 5/16/09: #1 this week in country music

billanderson1949: Lovesick Blues — Hank Williams (MGM)

1959: White Lightning — George Jones (Mercury)

1969 My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To) — Bill Anderson (Decca)

1979 If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me — Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros.)

1989 If I Had You— Alabama (RCA)

1999 Please Remember Me— Tim McGraw (Curb)