Hit Country Records 1954-1982


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1st-ever chronicle of the Country charts of Music Vendor / Record World!  We’ve exponentially expanded the recorded history of Country music!

This never-before-seen Country singles chart research begins with the debut of Music Vendor on October 4, 1954, and ends with the magazine’s final issue on April 10, 1982, when it was known as Record World. Every week of these hard-to-find original charts was painstakingly scrutinized, yielding scores of novel facts. It’s a whole new perspective on Country music history!

MORE MUSIC! Music Vendor’s Country chart contained 50 positions during the 1950s while Billboard’s Country charts typically numbered 15 (finally reaching 50 in 1964).

► First-ever chart stats for Elvis Presley’s first Sun recording! “That’s All Right” and its B-side, “Blue Moon Of Kentucky,” on Sun 209, placed for seven and 12 weeks, respectively, and were the first two of his six Sun recordings on Music Vendor’s Country charts!

► Hundreds of brand new artists with bios, including Louise Duncan, The Farmer Boys, Neil Merritt, Mimi Roman, and The York Brothers.

► Early chart hits for Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Jimmy Dean, Mickey Gilley, Freddie Hart, Johnny Paycheck (as “Donny Young”), Mel Tillis, and many more.

► Nearly every major Country artist with many more charted hits.

► All “coat-tail” hits are researched, even if an artist’s version of a song was shown for just one week.

Here are a few of the more than 1,700 songs not seen in any other Record Research publication:

  • Bob Luman – Red Cadillac And Black Mustache
  • Billy Lee Riley – Pearly Lee
  • Ronnie Self – Ain’t I’m A Dog
  • The Sprouts – Goodbye, She’s Gone
  • Jimmy Dean & his Texas Wildcats – Big Blue Diamonds
  • Bob Roubian – Blue Suede Shoes
  • Skeeter Bonn – Honey Baby
  • Warren Smith – Rock ‘N’ Roll Ruby
  • Onie Wheeler – Onie’s Bop
  • Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
  • Cliff Johnson – Go ‘Way Hound Dog
  • Poppa John Gordy – Salty Dog Rag
  • Johnny Brandon – Rainbow Kisses
  • Rod Willis – Somebody’s Been Rocking My Baby
  • Charlene Arthur – Just Look, Don’t Touch, He’s Mine

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × .75 × 11 in




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