1950 in Country Music
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1950 in Country Music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1950.

Events

  • February 14 -- "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" by Red Foley #1 selling Country record becomes first Country cross over on Pop Best Seller chart.
  • August 19 -- Hank Snow begins a 21-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts with his landmark "I'm Movin' On." The song is one of just three that will stay as long atop the charts in chart history.
  • September 30 -- The Grand Ole Opry is televised for the first time.

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

Note: Several songs were simultaneous No. 1 hits on the separate "Most Played Juke Box Folk (Country & Western) Records," "Best Selling Retail Folk (Country & Western) Records" and "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" charts.

Other major hits

US Single Artist
5 Ain't Nobody's Business by My Own Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford
6 A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed Little Jimmy Dickens
7 Beyond the Sunset The Three Suns with Elton Britt and Rosalie Allen
4 Bloodshot Eyes Hank Penny
7 Blues, Stay Away from Me Owen Bradley Quintet
10 Bonaparte's Retreat Pee Wee King
2 Broken Down Merry-Go-Round Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
6 A Bushel and a Peck Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
8 Careless Kisses Red Foley
5 Choc'late Ice Cream Cone Red Foley
8 Choc'late Ice Cream Cone Kenny Roberts
2 Cincinnati Dancing Pig Red Foley
7 Cry of the Dying Duck in a Thunder-Storm Cactus Pryor
2 The Cry of the Wild Goose Tennessee Ernie Ford
2 Cuddle Buggin' Baby Eddy Arnold
6 Daddy's Last Letter Tex Ritter
7 Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age Ernest Tubb and Red Foley
6 Enclosed, One Broken Heart Eddy Arnold
8 Faded Love Bob Wills
4 Frosty the Snow Man Gene Autry
9 Give Me a Little Old Fashioned Love Ernest Tubb
9 God Please Protect America Jimmie Osborne
3 The Gods Were Angry with Me Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
5 Goodnight, Irene Moon Mullican
3 Hillbilly Fever Little Jimmy Dickens
9 Hillbilly Fever No. 2 Ernest Tubb and Red Foley
4 I Gotta Have My Baby Back Floyd Tillman
10 I Gotta Have My Baby Back Red Foley
5 I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' Hank Williams
2 I Love You Because Ernest Tubb
8 I Love You Because Clyde Moody
3 (I Won't Go Huntin', Jake) But I'll Go Chasin' Women Stuart Hamblen
2 I'll Never Be Free Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford
8 I'll Take a Back Seat for You Ernest Tubb
10 Ida Red Likes the Boogie Bob Wills
9 Just a Closer Walk with Thee Red Foley
2 Let's Go to Church (Next Sunday Morning) Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
2 Letters Have No Arms Ernest Tubb
3 Little Angel with the Dirty Face Eddy Arnold
7 Lose Your Blues Red Kirk
8 Love Song in 32 Bars Johnny Bond
2 The Lovebug Itch Eddy Arnold
6 Mama and Daddy Broke My Heart Eddy Arnold
4 Mona Lisa Moon Mullican
10 Mona Lisa Jimmy Wakely
9 My Son Calls Another Man Daddy Hank Williams
9 Nobody's Lonesome for Me Hank Williams
8 Our Lady of Fatima Red Foley
7 Pan American Boogie The Delmore Brothers
3 Peter Cottontail Gene Autry
6 Peter Cottontail Mervin Shiner
7 Peter Cottontail Jimmy Wakely
7 Peter Cottontail Johnnie Lee Wills
10 A Prison Without Walls Eddy Arnold
3 Quicksilver Elton Britt and Rosalie Allen
2 Rag Mop Johnnie Lee Wills
2 (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You Stuart Hamblen
5 (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You Ernest Tubb
5 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry
7 Slippin' Around with Jole Blon Bud Messner
13 Slippin' Around Texas Jim Robertson
8 Stampede Roy Rogers
9 Steal Away Red Foley
4 Sugarfoot Rag Red Foley
3 Sunday Down in Tennessee Red Foley
2 Tennessee Border - No. 2 Red Foley and Ernest Tubb
6 There's No Wings On My Angel Eddy Arnold
5 They'll Never Take Her Love from Me Hank Williams
3 Throw Your Love My Way Ernest Tubb
8 Unfaithful One Ernest Tubb
3 Why Should I Cry? Eddy Arnold
9 Why Should We Try Anymore Hank Williams
10 You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry Ernest Tubb

Top new album releases

Births

  • February 16 -- Paul Worley, record producer whose success dates from the mid-1980s onward.
  • March 26 -- Ronnie McDowell, male vocalist of the 1970s and 1980s, who first rose to fame with his Elvis Presley tribute "The King is Gone."
  • August 7 -- Rodney Crowell, singer-songwriter who enjoyed mainstream fame in the late 1980s before becoming a leader in the alternative country movement; ex-husband of Rosanne Cash.
  • September 16 -- David Bellamy, of The Bellamy Brothers.

Deaths

Further reading

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.

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