1952 in country music
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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1952.
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- July 14 — The Eddy Arnold Show, a brief summer replacement series, debuts on CBS-TV.
- August 23 — Kitty Wells becomes the first female solo artist to score a No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." The song, an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," spends two weeks atop the chart and forever changes how women were seen, both in song and professionally.
- November 22 — Nashville's first Disc Jockey Convention takes place.
- The life of Hank Williams continues its downward spiral. Even though he enjoys several major hits, his drug and alcohol problems ruin his marriage to Audrey (the divorce was finalized on May 29), and in October, he is fired from the Grand Ole Opry. Williams marries Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in October in New Orleans, Louisiana, and rejoins Louisiana Hayride about that same time. Also during the year, he makes what turn out to be his final recordings.
Top hits of the year
Number One Hits
(as certified by Billboard)
|Date||Single Name||Artist||Wks. No.1||Spec. Note|
|February 2||Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)||Lefty Frizzell||3|||
|March 1||Wondering||Webb Pierce||4||[A]|
|March 29||(When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There||Carl Smith||8|||
|May 3||Easy on the Eyes||Eddy Arnold||1|
|May 10||The Wild Side of Life||Hank Thompson and His Brazo Valley Boys||15|||
|July 12||That Heart Belongs to Me||Webb Pierce||3|||
|July 19||Are You Teasing Me||Carl Smith||1|
|August 16||A Full-Time Job||Eddy Arnold||4|
|August 23||It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels||Kitty Wells||6||[A]
|September 6||Jambalaya (On the Bayou)||Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys||14|||
|December 6||Back Street Affair||Webb Pierce||4|||
|December 6||Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes||Slim Willet||1||[B]|
|December 27||Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes||Skeets McDonald||3||[B]|
- Note: Several songs were simultaneous No. 1 hits on the separate "Most Played Juke Box Folk (later Country & Western) Records," "Best Selling Retail Folk (later Country & Western) Records) and - starting December 10 - "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" charts.
Other major hits
|4||Baby, We're Really in Love||Hank Williams|
|6||Blackberry Boogie||Tennessee Ernie Ford|
|5||Blue Christmas||Ernest Tubb|
|4||Bundle of Southern Sunshine||Eddy Arnold|
|8||Busybody||Pee Wee King|
|9||Call Her Your Sweetheart||Eddy Arnold|
|4||Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes||Ray Price|
|2||Don't Stay Away (Till Love Grows Cold)||Lefty Frizzell|
|6||Forever (And Always)||Lefty Frizzell|
|5||Fortunes in Memories||Ernest Tubb|
|2||The Gold Rush Is Over||Hank Snow|
|2||Half as Much||Hank Williams|
|2||Honky Tonk Blues||Hank Williams|
|7||How Long Will It Take (To Stop Loving You)||Lefty Frizzell|
|7||I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus||Jimmy Boyd|
|3||I Went to Your Wedding||Hank Snow|
|9||I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday)||Eddy Arnold|
|2||Indian Love Call||Slim Whitman|
|5||It's a Lovely, Lovely World||Carl Smith|
|2||Lady's Man||Hank Snow|
|2||Let's Live a Little||Carl Smith|
|10||Love Song of the Waterfall||Slim Whitman|
|8||Married by the Bible, Divorced by the Law||Hank Snow|
|8||Milk Bucket Boogie||Red Foley|
|3||Missing in Action||Ernest Tubb|
|4||Music Makin' Mama from Memphis||Hank Snow|
|10||My Heart Is Broken in Three||Slim Whitman|
|10||The New Wears Off Too Fast||Hank Thompson|
|6||Our Honeymoon||Carl Smith|
|8||Salty Dog Rag||Red Foley|
|2||Settin' the Woods On Fire||Hank Williams|
|5||Silver and Gold||Pee Wee King|
|7||Slow Poke||Hawkshaw Hawkins|
|9||Somebody's Stolen My Honey||Ernest Tubb|
|3||Talk to Your Heart||Ray Price|
|7||Three Ways of Knowing||Johnnie & Jack|
|10||Till the End of the World||Bing Crosby and Grady Martin|
|8||'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered||Cowboy Copas|
|9||'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered||Flatt & Scruggs|
|5||Too Old to Cut the Mustard||Ernest Tubb and Red Foley|
|6||Too Old to Cut the Mustard||The Carlisles|
|3||Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart||Hank Thompson|
|6||The Wild Side of Life||Burl Ives and Grady Martin|
|10||You Win Again||Hank Williams|
Top new album releases
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- January 12 — Ricky Van Shelton, honky tonk-styled vocalist of the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s.
- January 22 — Teddy Gentry, member of Alabama.
- February 18 — Juice Newton, pop-styled country vocalist of the 1980s.
- May 18 — George Strait, country giant since the early 1980s, who helped revitalize the genre.
- October 11 — Paulette Carlson, female lead vocalist with the band Highway 101 during the peak of its success in the 1980s.
- October 13 — Mundo Earwood, country singer of the 1970s and 1980s. (d. 2014)
- October 19 — Charlie Chase, radio and television personality, one half of Crook & Chase.
- March 22 — Uncle Dave Macon, 81, country music pioneer; comedian and banjo player; the first major star of the Grand Ole Opry.
- May 4 - J.L. "Joe" Frank, 52, music executive.
- December 4 - Rabon Delmore, 36, one half of the old-time harmony duo Delmore Brothers.
- 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.