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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1939.
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begins publishing its first country music chart. Known as "Hillbilly Hits," the chart appears on a semi-regular (usually, monthly) basis, and will be published until early 1942. It is the predecessor for Billboard magazine Billboard's later "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records," which would be published weekly and eventually evolve into today's Hot Country Songs chart.
Top hits of the year [ edit ]
January 12 -
William Lee Golden, baritone (and long-bearded) member of the Oak Ridge Boys. January 19 -
Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers. (died 2014) January 24 -
Ray Stevens, country-pop singer who released a long string of novelty-themed songs. February 14 -
Razzy Bailey, blues-styled country vocalist of the 1980s. April 20 -
Johnny Tillotson, 1960s country singer ("It Keeps Right On A'Hurtin'"). May 27 -
Don Williams, baritone-voiced "Gentle Giant" who was one of country's biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s. June 11 -
Wilma Burgess, 1960s country singer. (died 2003) June 13 -
Billy "Crash" Craddock, "Mr. Country Rock," who gained fame in the 1970s. August 8 -
Phil Balsley, baritone-voiced member of the Statler Brothers. August 21 -
Harold Reid, member of the Statler Brothers (he sang bass). September 6 -
David Allen Coe, singer-songwriter and key member of the outlaw country movement of the 1970s. October 27 -
Dallas Frazier, songwriter best known for "Elvira." October 27 -
Ruby Wright, daughter of Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells (and member of their touring show) (died 2009). December 29 -
Ed Bruce, singer-songwriter, best known for writing " Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."
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Further reading [ edit ]
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.