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Various Artists - The Country No. 1s Of The '40s

Various Artists - The Country No. 1s Of The '40s

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Acrobat already has on catalogue collections which present “America’s No. 1s of the ‘50s” (ACFCD7501), “America's No. 1s of the '40s” (ACSCD6005), “America’s R&B No. 1s of the ‘50s” (ACSCD6003), “America’s R&B No. 1s Of The '40s” (ACQCD7168), and “Country No. 1s of the '50s” (ACTRCD9034), and this release completes that set with presenting the “Country No. 1s of the ‘40s”. Billboard published its first country chart in January 1944 under the name “Most Played Juke Box Folk Records”, becoming the “Most Played Juke Box Hillbilly Records” chart in 1947, and adding a Best Sellers chart the same year. In 1948 “Country & Western” replaced Hillbilly in the nomenclature, with a “Country & Western Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys” chart added in 1949. This 69-track 3-CD comprises records which made No. 1 in any of those three charts from the first chart in 1944 through to the end of 1950, apart from a couple which were unavailable for copyright reasons – it’s always a moot point as to whether a year like 1950 is the last year of one decade or the first year of the next one. In this case, because so many records spent long periods at No. 1 during these years, there were rather fewer chart-toppers than one might expect, so we were able to include the 1950 No. 1s within the 3-CD set format. As noted, the chart was often dominated by certain records, and Eddy Arnold in particular had an extraordinary run of success, spending many weeks at the top with several of his records, while one of two western swing artists like Bob Wills, Al Dexter and Tex Williams also having some long chart runs, with other big names of the era – Red Foley, Ernest Tubb and the emerging forces of Hank Snow and Hank Williams also featuring. It includes a 10,000-word booklet with notes on every record, and full chart information, and is a fascinating journey through an era when the commercial country scene developed its character as Nashville emerged as a major force.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Pistol Packin' Mama Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
2 Pistol Packin' Mama Al Dexter & His Troopers
3 Ration Blues Louis Jordan And His Tympani Five
4 Rosalita Al Dexter & His Troopers
5 They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven Floyd Tillman And His Favorite Playboys
6 So Long Pal Al Dexter & His Troopers
7 Too Late To Worry Al Dexter & His Troopers
8 Straighten Up And Fly Right The King Cole Trio
9 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan And His Tympani Five
10 Soldier's Last Letter Ernest Tubb
11 Smoke On The Water Red Foley
12 I'm Wastin' My Tears On You Tex Ritter And His Texans
13 I'm Losing My Mind Over You Al Dexter & His Troopers
14 There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder Jimmie Davis
15 Shame On You Spade Cooley & His Orchestra
16 Smoke On The Water Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
17 At Mail Call Today Gene Autry
18 Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima Bob Wills
19 Oklahoma Hills Jack Guthrie And His Oklahomans
20 You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often Tex Ritter And His Texans
21 With Tears In My Eyes Wesley Tuttle
22 Shame On You Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra with Red Foley
23 Sioux City Sue Dick Thomas
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 It's Been So Long Darling Ernest Tubb
2 Silver Dew On The Blue Grass Tonight Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
3 White Cross On Okinawa Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
4 You Will Have To Pay Tex Ritter
5 Guitar Polka Al Dexter & His Troopers
6 New Spanish Two Step Bob Wills' Texas Playboys
7 Wine Women And Song Al Dexter & His Troopers
8 Divorce Me C.O.D. Merle Travis
9 Rainbow At Midnight Ernest Tubb
10 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed Merle Travis
11 New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde) Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
12 What Is Life Without Love Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
13 Sugar Moon Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
14 It's A Sin Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
15 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) Tex Williams And His Western Caravan
16 I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
17 Anytime Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
18 Texarkana Baby Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
19 Bouquet Of Roses Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
20 Just A Little Lovin' (Will Go A Long Way) Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
21 One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) Jimmy Wakely
22 A Heart Full Of Love (For A Handful Of Kisses) Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
23 I Love You So Much It Hurts Jimmy Wakely
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Tennessee Saturday Night Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
2 Don't Rob Another Man's Castle Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
3 Candy Kisses George Morgan
4 Lovesick Blues Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
5 One Kiss Too Many Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
6 I'm Throwing Rice (At The Girl That I Love) Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys
7 Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me Wayne Raney
8 Slipping Around Ernest Tubb
9 Slipping Around Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
10 Mule Train Tennessee Ernie
11 Blue Christmas Ernest Tubb
12 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry
13 I Love You Because Leon Payne
14 Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me Eddy Arnold
15 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy Red Foley
16 Long Gone Lonesome Blues Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
17 Birmingham Bounce Red Foley
18 Why Don't You Love Me Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
19 M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I Red Foley
20 Goodnight Irene Red Foley & Ernest Tubb
21 I'm Movin' On Hank Snow
22 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time Lefty Frizzell
23 Moanin' The Blues Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
  • EAN:
    824046914325
  • Release:
    January 2024
  • FORMAT:
    CD
  • Brand:
    Acrobat
  • Product Code:
    ACTRCD9143
  • Weight:
    0.2kg