1966 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 1966.

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Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

United States[edit]

(as certified by Billboard)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 Spec. Note
January 8 Giddyup Go Red Sovine 6
  • Sovine's first Number One hit in ten years since 1955's "Why Baby Why."
February 19 Waitin' in Your Welfare Line/
In the Palm of Your Hand
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 7
April 9 I Want to Go with You Eddy Arnold 6
May 21 Distant Drums Jim Reeves 4
June 18 Take Good Care of Her Sonny James 2
July 2 Think of Me Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 6
August 13 Almost Persuaded David Houston 9 [1], [A]
  • The longest-running Number One country song by a male artist until Lonestar's single, "Amazed" in 1999.
October 15 Blue Side of Lonesome Jim Reeves 1
October 22 Open Up Your Heart Buck Owens and the Buckaroos 4
November 19 I Get the Fever Bill Anderson 1
November 26 Somebody Like Me Eddy Arnold 4
December 24 There Goes My Everything Jack Greene 8 [A]
  • 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.


(as certified by RPM)

Date Single Name Artist Wks. No.1 Spec. Note
January 3 Shadows of Your Heart Dianne Leigh 2 [A]
January 17 Iron Town Rhythm Pals 5 [A]
February 21 Don’t Knock on My Door The Canadian Sweethearts 1 [C]
February 28 This They Say Is Me Rhythm Pals 2 [B]
March 14 The Auctioneer Irwin Prescott 1 [C]
December 5 Whistling on the River Mercey Brothers 7 [A], [2]
  • Fell to #2 on the week of January 21, 1967.
  • 2^ Song dropped from No. 1 and later returned to top spot.
  • A^ First RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B^ Last RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • C^ Only RPM No. 1 hit for that artist.

Other major hits[edit]

Singles released by American artists[edit]

US Single Artist
2 Ain't Had No Lovin' Connie Smith
6 Almost Persuaded No. 2 Ben Colder
17 Anita, You're Dreaming Waylon Jennings
16 Another Story Ernest Tubb
13 At Ease Heart Ernest Ashworth
7 Baby Wilma Burgess
15 Baby Ain't That Fine Gene Pitney and Melba Montgomery
10 Back Pocket Money Jimmy C. Newman
10 Bad Seed Jan Howard
2 Ballad of the Green Berets Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler
12 Blues Plus Booze (Means I Lose) Stonewall Jackson
12 A Born Loser Don Gibson
3 The Bottle Let Me Down Merle Haggard
18 Bottom of a Mountain Tex Williams
18 The Box It Came In Wanda Jackson
13 Catch a Little Raindrop Claude King
19 Coming Back to You The Browns
8 The Company You Keep Bill Phillips
14 Count Me Out Marty Robbins
14 Day for Decision Johnny Sea
4 Dear Uncle Sam Loretta Lynn
2 Don't Touch Me Jeannie Seely
12 Don't Touch Me Wilma Burgess
11 Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) Ray Price
9 Early Morning Rain George Hamilton IV
3 England Swings Roger Miller
17 Everybody Loves a Nut Johnny Cash
5 Evil on Your Mind Jan Howard
2 Flowers on the Wall The Statler Brothers
5 Four-O-Thirty Three George Jones
5 The Game of Triangles Bobby Bare, Norma Jean and Liz Anderson
14 Get Your Lie the Way You Want It Bonnie Guitar
10 Giddyup Go - Answer Minnie Pearl
11 Golden Guitar Bill Anderson
18 Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart Conway Twitty
9 Happy to Be with You Johnny Cash
2 History Repeats Itself Buddy Starcher
6 How Long Has It Been Bobby Lewis
3 The Hurtin's All Over Connie Smith
5 Husbands and Wives Roger Miller
13 I Can't Keep Away from You The Wilburn Brothers
17 I Hear Little Rock Calling Ferlin Husky
4 I Love You Drops Bill Anderson
16 I'd Just Be Fool Enough The Browns
9 I'll Take the Dog Jean Shepard and Ray Pillow
18 I'm a Nut Leroy Pullins
6 I'm a People George Jones
9 I'm Living in Two Worlds Bonnie Guitar
13 I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone) Roger Miller
10 If Teardrops Were Silver Jean Shepard
7 If You Can't Bite, Don't Growl Tommy Collins
4 It Takes a Lot of Money Warner Mack
14 It's All Over (But the Crying) Kitty Wells
15 It's Only Love Jeannie Seely
2 Last Word in Lonesome Is Me Eddy Arnold
17 Little Buddy Claude King
13 Lonelyville Dave Dudley
15 Long Time Gone Dave Dudley
8 The Lovin' Machine Johnny Paycheck
13 Many Happy Hangovers to You Jean Shepard
16 The Men in My Little Girl's Life Archie Campbell
2 A Million and One Billy Walker
4 Misty Blue Wilma Burgess
14 My Dreams Faron Young
4 Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You) Connie Smith
19 One in a Row Willie Nelson
2 The One on the Right Is on the Left Johnny Cash
6 Put It Off Until Tomorrow Bill Phillips
20 Rainbows and Roses Roy Drusky
2 Room in Your Heart Sonny James
3 The Shoe Goes On the Other Foot Tonight Marty Robbins
3 Sittin' On a Rock (Crying in a Creek) Warner Mack
3 Skid Row Joe Porter Wagoner
2 Snowflake Jim Reeves
8 Someone Before Me The Wilburn Brothers
10 Stand Beside Me Jimmy Dean
5 Standing in the Shadows Hank Williams, Jr.
17 Stateside Mel Tillis
15 Steel Rail Blues George Hamilton IV
15 Stop the Start (Of Tears in My Heart) Johnny Dollar
5 Streets of Baltimore Bobby Bare
4 Sweet Thing Nat Stuckey
5 Swinging Doors Merle Haggard
8 Take Me George Jones
3 Talkin' to the Wall Warner Mack
17 Thank You Ma'am Ray Pillow
9 (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me Waylon Jennings
17 Time to Bum Again Waylon Jennings
3 The Tip of My Fingers Eddy Arnold
2 Tippy Toeing The Harden Trio
3 Touch My Heart Ray Price
3 True Love's a Blessing Sonny James
17 The Twelfth of Never Slim Whitman
7 Unmitigated Gall Faron Young
12 Viet Nam Blues Dave Dudley
7 Walking on New Grass Kenny Price
7 A Way to Survive Ray Price
4 What Kinda Deal Is This Bill Carlisle
4 What We're Fighting For Dave Dudley
15 Where Is the Circus Hank Thompson
14 Where'd Ya Stay Last Night Webb Pierce
15 A Woman Half My Age Kitty Wells
9 Women Do Funny Things to Me Del Reeves
10 The World Is Round Roy Drusky
5 Would You Hold It Against Me Dottie West
16 Write Me a Picture George Hamilton IV
6 (Yes) I'm Hurting Don Gibson
2 You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man) Loretta Lynn
15 You Finally Said Something Good (When You Said Goodbye) Charlie Louvin

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

US CAN Single Artist
3 Come Home Newfoundlander Tom Jim Garth
2 Goodbye My Friend Bob King
10 I Don't Never Odie Workman
18 I've Cried a Mile Hank Snow
7 Ice on the Road Graham Townsend
2 Lost Love Artie MacLaren
4 Loving You Again Johnny Burke
6 Muddy Water Bert Cuff
8 Play Me One More Country Song Ron McMunn
4 Rambling Shoes Bob King
3 Three Plays for a Quarter Ralph Carlson
2 Working on the Country Road Bob King

Top new album releases[edit]



Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music[edit]

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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