1949 in country music
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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1949.
- December 10 — Billboard begins a "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart - the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay. The first No. 1 song on the new chart is "Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. With the new chart, there are three charts gauging a song's popularity, with the sales and jukebox charts also being used.
Top hits of the year
Number one hits
(As certified by Billboard magazine)
- January 22 - "I Love You So Much It Hurts" - Jimmy Wakely
- March 5 - "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle" - Eddy Arnold
- March 19 - "Tennessee Saturday Night" - Red Foley and the Cumberland Valley Boys
- April 2 - "Candy Kisses" - George Morgan
- May 7 - "Lovesick Blues" - Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
- June 18 - "One Kiss Too Many" - Eddy Arnold
- July 30 - "I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl That I Love)" - Eddy Arnold
- September 10 - "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me" - Wayne Raney
- September 24 - "Slipping Around" - Ernest Tubb
- October 8 - "Slipping Around" - Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
- December 10 - "Mule Train" - Tennessee Ernie Ford
- 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
- "Anticipation Blues" — Tennessee Ernie Ford
- "Blue Skirt Waltz" — Frank Yankovic
- "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S" — Eddy Arnold
- "Country Boy" — Little Jimmy Dickens
- "Cry Baby Heart" — George Morgan
- "Death Of Kathy Fiscus" — Jimmy Osborne
- "Echo Of Your Footsteps" — Eddy Arnold
- "I Never See Maggie Alone" — Kenny Roberts
- "I'm Bitin' My Fingernails" — Ernest Tubb and the Andrews Sisters
- "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" — Hank Williams
- "Panhandle Rag" — Leon McAuliffe
- "Room Full of Roses" – George Morgan
- "Riders In The Sky" — Vaughn Monroe
- "Smokey Mountain Boogie" — Tennessee Ernie Ford
- "Take An Old Cold Tater And Wait" — Little Jimmy Dickens
- "Tennessee Border" — Red Foley
- "Tennessee Border #2" — Red Foley and Ernest Tubb
- "There's Not A Thing" — Eddy Arnold
- "Warm Red Wine" — Ernest Tubb
- "Wedding Bells" — Hank Williams
- "Whoa Sailor" — Hank Thompson
- "Please Don't Let Me Love You — George Morgan
- "Tennessee Polka" Red Foley
- "Slipping Around" Floyd Tillman
- "I'll Never Slip Around Again" Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting
- "Will Santa Come To Shanty Town" — Eddy Arnold
- "You're Gonna Change" — Hank Williams
- "Mind Your Own Business" Hank Williams
- "Tennessee Waltz" - Roy Acuff
- "Candy Kisses" Elton Britt
- ″Candy Kisses″ — Cowboy Copas
- ″I′ll Never Slip Around Again″ — Floyd Tillman
- ″Two Cents Three Eggs and A Postcard″ — Red Foley
- ″Rainbow In My Heart″ — George Morgan
- ″I Love Everything About You″ — George Morgan
- ″Mine All Mine″ — Jimmy Wakely
- ″Forever More″ — Jimmy Wakely
- ″Till The End of the World″ — Jimmy Wakely
- ″I Wish I Had a Nickel″ — Jimmy Wakely
- ″Someday You`ll Call My Name″ — Jimmy Wakely
- ″Till The End of the World″ — Ernest Tubb
- ″Mean Mama Blues″ — Ernest Tubb
- ″My Filipino Rose″ — Ernest Tubb
- ″My Tennessee Baby″ — Ernest Tubb
- ″Don′t Rob Another Man′s Castle″ — Ernest Tubb and the Andrews Sisters
- ″Tennessee Border″ — Tennessee Ernie Ford
- ″My Heart′s Bouquet″ — Little Jimmy Dickens
- ″Tennessee Polka″ — Pee Wee King
- ″What Are We Gonna Do About the Moonlight″ — Hank Thompson
- ″Soft Lips″ — Hank Thompson
- ″Show Me the Way Back To Your Heart″ — Eddy Arnold
- ″Never Again ( Will I Knock on Your Door)″ — Hank Williams
- ″The Same Sweet Girl″ — Hank Locklin
Top new album releases
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- January 6 — Joey Miskulin, also known as "Joey the Cowpolka King", member of Riders in the Sky.
- May 26 — Hank Williams, Jr., son of country music pioneer Hank Williams who became a star in his own right, fusing elements of honky tonk and blues with rock.
- August 23 — Woody Paul, "King of the Cowboy Fiddlers" member of Riders in the Sky.
- August 25 – Henry Paul, lead singer of the 1990s country group BlackHawk.
- August 27 — Jeff Cook, member of Alabama.
- December 13 — Randy Owen, member of Alabama.
- December 11 — Fiddlin' John Carson, 81, one of country music's first popular recording artist on a nationwide basis.
- 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.