1957 in country music
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This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (May 2015)
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1957.
- 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.
- December 11 — Jerry Lee Lewis secretly weds his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee.
Top hits of the year
Number one hits
(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|||
|April 6||Gone||Ferlin Husky||10||
|May 13||All Shook Up||Elvis Presley||1||
|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||
|July 15||Bye Bye Love||The Everly Brothers||7||[A]|
|August 5||(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear||Elvis Presley||1||
|September 9||Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On||Jerry Lee Lewis||2||[A]
|September 16||Fraulein||Bobby Helms||4||, [A]|
|September 16||My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You||Ray Price||4|||
|October 14||Wake Up Little Susie||The Everly Brothers||8||
|December 2||Jailhouse Rock||Elvis Presley||1||
|December 9||My Special Angel||Bobby Helms||4||[B]|
- 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
|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||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|
|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|
|13||Rockin' in the Congo||Hank Thompson|
|14||The Same Two Lips||Marty Robbins|
|15||The Shrine of St. Cecilia||Faron Young|
|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
- 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.
- May 2 — Mark Sissel, lead guitarist from the Western Underground.
- July 24 — Pam Tillis, daughter of Mel Tillis and popular female vocalist 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 artist who helped popularize country music during the late 1980s/early 1990s (died 2016).
- November 1 — Lyle Lovett, alternative country star.
- March 24 — Carson Robison, 66, early C&W singer-songwriter.
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- 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.