1959 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1959.

List of years in country music (table)


  • The first Grammy Award for outstanding performances in the country music genre is presented. The Kingston Trio wins the only country-specific award, for Best Country and Western Performance, with "Tom Dooley." It wouldn't be until the 1965 when more country-specific Grammy categories were started. Until 1966 (when the Academy of Country Music began presenting awards), the Grammy Awards would be the only method to honor remarkable accomplishments in the genre.
  • "Saga" songs, or stories where conflict was the central theme, rise in popularity. Notable examples include "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton, "The Long Black Veil" by Lefty Frizzell, "Waterloo" by Stonewall Jackson and "El Paso" by Marty Robbins.
  • A young sharecropper's son named Buck Owens scores his first significant chart hit with "Second Fiddle." That song, plus the follow-up – "Under Your Spell Again," his first Billboard Top 10 hit – provides country fans with the earliest examples of Owens' trademark "Bakersfield" sound.
  • Dolly Parton records for the first time, on the small Goldband Records label. Her first recorded song is a rockabilly song called "Puppy Love."
  • Young recording artist, George Jones scores the first #1 of his 50+ year career.

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 19 Billy Bayou Jim Reeves 5
February 23 Don't Take Your Guns to Town Johnny Cash 6
April 6 When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below) Johnny Horton 1 [A]
April 13 White Lightning George Jones 5 [A]
May 18 The Battle of New Orleans Johnny Horton 10 [1]
  • Derived from an old American folk tune, "The 8th of January."
  • Song explains about the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier.
July 27 Waterloo Stonewall Jackson 5 [A]
August 31 The Three Bells The Browns 11 [A]
  • Also peaked at Number One on the Billboard Pop Chart.
November 9 Country Girl Faron Young 4
December 7 The Same Old Me Ray Price 2
December 21 El Paso Marty Robbins 7
  • Also peaked at Number One on the Billboard Pop Chart.
  • 1 No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard.
  • A First Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.

Other major hits[edit]

US Single Artist
18 All the Time Kitty Wells
9 Am I That Easy to Forget Carl Belew
13 Anybody's Girl Hank Thompson
15 The Best Years of Your Life Carl Smith
11 Beyond the Shadow The Browns
19 Big Harlan Taylor George Jones
4 Big Midnight Special Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper
5 Black Land Farmer Frankie Miller
9 Cabin in the Hills Flatt & Scruggs
17 Chain Gang Freddie Hart
6 Chasin' a Rainbow Hank Snow
12 Chip Off the Old Block Eddy Arnold
13 Cigarettes and Coffee Blues Lefty Frizzell
20 Come and Knock (On the Door of My Heart) Roy Acuff
4 Come Walk with Me Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper
2 Country Music is Here to Stay Simon Crum
7 Dark Hollow Jimmie Skinner
13 Dark Hollow Luke Gordon
11 The Deck of Cards Wink Martindale
19 Doggone That Train Hank Snow
5 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles Don Gibson
11 Draggin' the River Ferlin Husky
7 Family Man Frankie Miller
14 Five Feet High and Rising Johnny Cash
9 Frankie's Man, Johnny Johnny Cash
13 Frankie's Man, Johnny Johnny Seay
5 Gotta Travel On Billy Grammer
15 Gotta Travel On Bill Monroe
9 Grin and Bear It Jimmy C. Newman
16 Half-Breed Marvin Rainwater
15 The Hanging Tree Marty Robbins
2 Heartaches by the Number Ray Price
2 Home Jim Reeves
15 Homebreaker Skeeter Davis
13 How Can I Think of Tomorrow James O'Gwynn
2 I Ain't Never Webb Pierce
12 I Cried a Tear Ernest Tubb
4 I Got Stripes Johnny Cash
18 I'd Like to Be Jim Reeves
16 I'll Catch You When You Fall Charlie Walker
17 I'm Beginning to Forget You Jim Reeves
3 I'm in Love Again George Morgan
7 I've Run Out of Tomorrows Hank Thompson
19 It's All My Heartache Carl Smith
5 Jimmy Brown the Newsboy Mac Wiseman
17 John Wesley Hardin Jimmie Skinner
10 Johnny Reb Johnny Horton
11 Katy Too Johnny Cash
18 The Knoxville Girl The Wilburn Brothers
19 The Knoxville Girl The Louvin Brothers
20 Last Night at a Party Faron Young
3 The Last Ride Hank Snow
2 Life to Go Stonewall Jackson
20 Little Dutch Girl George Morgan
11 Lonesome Old House Don Gibson
6 Long Black Veil Lefty Frizzell
16 A Long Time Ago Faron Young
8 Luther Played the Boogie Johnny Cash
5 Mommy for a Day Kitty Wells
9 My Baby's Gone The Louvin Brothers
15 My Love and Little Me Margie Bowes
14 My Reason for Leaving Ferlin Husky
14 Next Time Ernest Tubb
13 Ninety-Nine Bill Anderson
7 Old Moon Betty Foley
9 Partners Jim Reeves
10 Poor Old Heartsick Me Margie Bowes
17 Problems The Everly Brothers
16 Sailor Man Johnnie & Jack
19 Sal's Got a Sugar Lip Johnny Horton
5 Set Him Free Skeeter Davis
16 So Many Times Roy Acuff
19 So Soon Jimmy C. Newman
15 Soldier's Joy Hawkshaw Hawkins
6 Somebody's Back in Town The Wilburn Brothers
9 Ten Thousand Drums Carl Smith
5 Tennessee Stud Eddy Arnold
12 Thanks a Lot Johnny Cash
14 That's the Way It's Gotta Be Faron Young
7 That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome Ray Price
12 That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome Bill Anderson
3 There's a Big Wheel Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper
6 A Thousand Miles Ago Webb Pierce
8 (Till) I Kissed You The Everly Brothers
4 Under Your Spell Again Buck Owens
5 Under Your Spell Again Ray Price
19 What Am I Living For Ernest Tubb
4 Which One Is to Blame The Wilburn Brothers
3 Who Cares Don Gibson
7 Who Shot Sam George Jones
9 A Woman's Intuition The Wilburn Brothers
17 Yankee, Go Home Goldie Hill
13 You Dreamer You Johnny Cash
18 You Take the Table and I'll Take the Chairs Bob Gallion
7 You're Makin' a Fool Out of Me Jimmy C. Newman
12 Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down Kitty Wells

Top new album releases[edit]

Other top new releases[edit]



Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[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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