1957 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1957.

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Events[edit]

  • April — Jimmy Dean hosts his first nationally televised series, a 30-minute daytime variety series airing on CBS named The Jimmy Dean Show. The show has a prime-time run from June to September (as a summer replacement series); the daytime show will run until 1958. This is the first of three country music-oriented series bearing Dean's name and hosting duties.
  • June 24 — Billboard terminates its "Most Played C&W in Juke Boxes" chart, leaving just the "Most Played C&W by Jockeys" and "C&W Best Sellers in Stores" charts to gauge a song's popularity.
  • November 4 — The Nos. 1 and 2 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and Billboard's R&B and country charts are identical: Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" and the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie." In addition, the No. 6 hit on the Hot 100 and R&B charts — Jimmie Rodgers' "Honeycomb" — is also climbing the country chart.[1]
  • December 11 — Jerry Lee Lewis secretly weds his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee.[2]

Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

United States[edit]

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single name Artist Wks. No.1 Notes
February 2 Young Love Sonny James 9 [A]
March 2 There You Go Johnny Cash 5 [2]
April 6 Gone Ferlin Husky 10 [1]
May 13 All Shook Up Elvis Presley 1
  • Also reached Number One on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
May 20 A White Sport Coat Marty Robbins 5
May 20 Honky Tonk Song Webb Pierce 1 [B]
May 27 Four Walls Jim Reeves 8 [2]
  • Reeves' first Number One since "Bimbo" in 1954.
July 15 Bye Bye Love The Everly Brothers 7 [A]
August 5 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley 1
  • Also reached Number One on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
September 9 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On Jerry Lee Lewis 2 [A]
  • Also reached Number One on the Billboard R&B chart.
September 16 Fraulein Bobby Helms 4 [2], [A]
September 16 My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You Ray Price 4 [2]
October 14 Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers 8 [2]
  • Also reached Number One on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
December 2 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley 1
  • Also reached Number One on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
December 9 My Special Angel Bobby Helms 4 [B]
Notes
  • 1^ No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard.
  • 2^ Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A^ First Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B^ Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
Note: Several songs were simultaneous No. 1 hits on the separate "Most Played C&W in Juke Boxes," "Most Played C&W by Jockeys" and "C&W Best Sellers in Stores" charts.

Other major hits[edit]

US Single Artist
3 Am I Losing You Jim Reeves
9 The Auctioneer Leroy Van Dyke
7 Bye Bye Love Webb Pierce
14 Dark Moon Bonnie Guitar
12 Don't Do It Darlin' Webb Pierce
11 Don't Laugh The Louvin Brothers
10 Don't Stop the Music George Jones
2 A Fallen Star Jimmy C. Newman
8 A Fallen Star Ferlin Husky
9 First Date, First Kiss, First Love Sonny James
7 For Rent (One Empty Heart) Sonny James
4 Geisha Girl Hank Locklin
13 Give My Love to Rose Johnny Cash
3 Gonna Find Me a Bluebird Marvin Rainwater
12 Gonna Find Me a Bluebird Eddy Arnold
3 Holiday for Love Webb Pierce
3 Home of the Blues Johnny Cash
7 Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers
7 I Can't Quit (I've Gone Too Far) Marty Robbins
4 I Heard the Bluebirds Sing The Browns
5 I Miss You Already (And You're Not Even Gone) Faron Young
11 I Thought I Heard You Call My Name Porter Wagoner
10 (I'll Always Be Your) Fraulein Kitty Wells
12 I'll Be There (When You Get Lonely) Ray Price
11 I'm Coming Home Johnny Horton
3 I'm Tired Webb Pierce
13 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
6 Kisses Sweeter than Wine Jimmie Rodgers
3 Knee Deep in the Blues Marty Robbins
12 Love Has Finally Come My Way Faron Young
14 Love Me to Pieces Rusty & Doug
15 Lovesick Blues Sonny James
15 Loving You Elvis Presley
11 Mean Woman Blues Elvis Presley
7 Missing You Webb Pierce
15 Mister Fire Eyes Bonnie Guitar
15 Money The Browns
8 Mister Love Ernest Tubb and The Wilburn Brothers
8 My Arms Are a House Hank Snow
9 Next in Line Johnny Cash
8 Oh, So Many Years Kitty Wells and Webb Pierce
12 On My Mind Again Billy Walker
15 One Step at a Time Brenda Lee
8 Playing for Keeps Elvis Presley
11 Please Don't Blame Me Marty Robbins
14 Plenty of Everything but You The Louvin Brothers
14 A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold) Patsy Cline
12 Prize Possession Ferlin Husky
6 Repenting Kitty Wells
13 Rockin' in the Congo Hank Thompson
14 The Same Two Lips Marty Robbins
15 The Shrine of St. Cecilia Faron Young
12 Someday Webb Pierce
7 Stolen Moments Hank Snow
8 Talkin' to the Blues Jim Lowe
4 Tangled Mind Hank Snow
14 Tears Are Only Rain Hank Thompson
15 Teen-Age Dream Marty Robbins
15 There Goes My Love George Morgan
7 Three Ways (To Love You) Kitty Wells
3 Too Much Elvis Presley
13 Too Much Water George Jones
7 Train of Love Johnny Cash
11 Treat Me Nice Elvis Presley
9 Two Shadows On Your Window Jim Reeves
2 Walkin' After Midnight Patsy Cline
2 Why, Why Carl Smith
9 The Woman I Need Johnny Horton
10 Yearning George Jones and Jeanette Hicks
15 You Can't Hurt Me Anymore Carl Smith
7 You Done Me Wrong Ray Price
6 You're the Reason I'm in Love Sonny James
12 Young Hearts Jim Reeves
13 Your True Love Carl Perkins

Top new album releases[edit]

  • Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar -- Johnny Cash

Births[edit]

  • January 4 — Patty Loveless, top female vocalist of the late 1980s and 1990s, thanks to her voice combining bluegrass, blues and rock.
  • February 19 — Lorianne Crook, radio and television personality, one half of Crook & Chase.
  • April 12 — Vince Gill, top male vocalist and prominent member of the new traditionalist movement of the late 1980s/1990s.
  • July 24 — Pam Tillis, daughter of Mel Tillis and popular female vocalsit of the 1990s.
  • July 27 - Bill Engvall, comedian and member of Blue Collar Comedy with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White
  • August 22 — Holly Dunn, female star and another artist who helped popularize country music during the late 1980s/early 1990s.
  • November 1 — Lyle Lovett, alternative country star.

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone Rock Almanac: The Chronicles of Rock & Roll," Collier Books, MacMillan Publishing Co., New York and London, 1983, p. 33. ISBN 0-02-081320-1
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Rock Almanac, p. 33.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • 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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